Is the Northern Arc by any other name still the Northern Arc?

An east-west connector is back on the table – this time farther north.

So far, the corridor would take a somewhat straight line east from the Adairsville/Calhoun area on I-75, (DOT Commissioner Harold) Linnenkohl said. It would hit “somewhere along Ga. 400 near Cumming.” He said then the challenge is to get it around Lake Lanier to get to I-85.

Another option in the background is letting private companies find a route acceptable to the state that the companies are willing to finance, to be repaid through tolls.

Though all funding options are on the table, as a practical matter the state can’t build it with gas taxes.

“We don’t have the money to build an east-west connector,” said Board Chairman Mike Evans, who thinks the project is crucial. “So it falls right into a category, in my opinion, of perfect” for some form of private investment and tolls.

In my view, the problem with the old Northern Arc was the DOT waited too long. By the time they were ready to get started, neighborhoods surrounded the proposed path. Most folks don’t want a freeway in their backyard. If the DOT really wants to do an east-west connected (which I say is needed) then let’s get started sooner rather than later.

Oh, and I love the idea of a public-private partnership to build this beast.

11 comments

  1. TM2000 says:

    No way. Georgia is finally starting to invest more in land protection, and this would be a step backwards.

  2. Icarus says:

    I don’t think the state has taken a look at a real, comprehensive traffic plan in decades.

    There are a number of pieces to the puzzle. Increased rail for freight and commuters is one piece.

    But with the population gains GA has experienced and will experience, new roads have to be considered as part of the solution.

    My personal preference is an “outer outer-perimeter”. A new set of interstates about 30-50 miles farther than the last proposed outer perimeter should allow for more of a true Atlanta by-pass and less of a development magnet to continue Atlanta sprawl.

  3. TM2000 says:

    If there was a set of rules that could not be amended that limited the number of exits. Hell I’d even be for a tunnel going under the landscape.

  4. Thank you Casey Cagle & Glenn Richardson, GDOT audit is long overdue:

    Posted on Thu, Jul. 19, 2007
    http://www.macon.com/198/story/92613.html

    “State auditor asked to review DOT
    By Shannon McCaffrey – Associated Press”

    ATLANTA –Georgia Republican leaders are asking for a sweeping audit of the state Department of Transportation with an eye toward using the results to craft transportation legislation next year.

    Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson made the request in a letter to State Auditor Russell Hinton. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

  5. SugarHillDad says:

    I Northern ARC is a need that must come. Hopefully it will be far enough outside the metro to actually work.

  6. gatormathis says:

    It’s funny sometimes how people rationalize things.

    It takes such a huge amount of money to build a highway, that is part of the reason it hasn’t already happened is the prohibitive cost.

    So, let’s build a tunnel instead, which would be several times higher in cost.

    It’s about like two whino derelicts sitting on a park bench arguing over which has the best ride, Cadillac Escalade or the new Lexus SUV.

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