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GDOT zeroes in on path for I-75 link

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The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday it has chosen the path it wants to use to link U.S. 411 from Floyd County to Interstate 75 in Bartow County.

Alternative 2B for the Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor would cross over U.S. 41 and generally follow Old Grassdale Road. It would hit the interstate near Anheuser Busch, Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. and several other plants.

The decision follows a series of environmental surveys, stakeholder and public meetings, and engineering studies on two corridors.

“This project will be an important benefit not only for commuters traveling along the corridor, but for both the local community and the business communities,” GDOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry said in a statement.

The road — slated to be a four-lane divided highway built for speeds of 65 mph — also could have access points at Cass High School, Peeples Valley Road and Keith Road.

However, during the development of the preliminary plans, GDOT designers will be shifting the alignment in response to concerns raised in the meetings about the impact on some residential and industrial sites.

“By reviewing the constraints in the study area early in the process, we have been able to avoid many resources with the alignment already,” McMurray said.

A website with details of the process has been set up at RomeToCartersville.com and GDOT has initiated a social media conversation with the hashtag #RomeToCartersville on Facebook and Twitter.

Environmental studies are expected to take about two years, according to officials at the public meetings. Right-of-way acquisitions would be another two years, so a call for construction bids could come in 2022.