Monday, March 27, 2006

I-3 Caramba

"Potential Routes of I-3 Through Southern Appalachian Mountains"

There's a proposal to build an interstate highway that runs from Savannah, GA to Knoxville, TN. A long stretch of this road will pass through western North Carolina, and the proposed routes cut through some of our most beautiful and fragile areas.

Stop I-3 has an excellent website chock full of information, news, and tips to help you get involved. The comprehensive maps section, from which the photos adorning this post were taken, paints an alarming picture of how this immense, unnecessary road will affect our mountains and mountain communities. The Board of Commissioners of the Town of Highlands and the Macon County Board of Commisioners have come out against the plan. The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners said that, "A federal interstate highway constructed through our mountains would have a "devastating environmental and economic" impact on our mountains"

Check out the site and read about the proposed Interstate 3.


syntax said...

thanks, screwy - this is actually the first i've heard of this plan. smells like taxpayer-bilking pork to me, all in the name of a quick-fix election-year job increase, not to mention something that will sound good on am-radio commercials - you know, "(fill in the blank with the name of opposing candidtate) doesn't want more jobs to come to his district..."

Susan said...

Nice find, Screwie. And good point, Syntax. Reminds me of the battle to build I-26 corridor from WNC (thru Sam's Gap, Flagpond, Erwin) on into Tennessee. They proposed it in 1970, maybe earlier, to much protest, subsequent delays, etc, but it was finally completed just recently in 2004.

If they blast away at those mountains one more time... well, can you just imagine those majestic mountains disappearing?

Uptown Ruler said...

this kinda stuff is so annoying, considering we are at the advent of the end of cheap energy. we should be deciding which roads to close/abandon, not spending billions on new road construction that will not be used in the coming years.

Asheville_Pubcrawler said...

The money would be better spent on a real mass transit system for Atlanta. Without one that place will wither and die after peak oil hits us in full force, and by then it will be too late to build one.

Saw an article yesterday about American cities that are best prepared for energy shortages. NYC and Boston are numbers 1 and 2. None of the ten were in the South. Gonna be hell to pay, folks.....