Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Possible Toll Road headed for Carrollton
CARROLLTON, GA -- The Carroll County Board of Commissioners will tackle an agenda filled with items that could become contentious today as a resolution for the county to become part of a development authority exploring a possible toll road and Chairman Bill Chappell’s $48.2 million budget will be considered.
A resolution for the county to join a Joint Development Authority for the proposed Western Commercial Connector – a $2 billion, privately funded toll road would span 113 miles – that would run through Carroll County while stretching from I-75 in Bartow County all the way to Spalding County on the south end.
The idea originated with the Paulding County Development Authority and has been openly contested by Commissioner Kevin Jackson.
“This project, in my opinion, has the ability to negatively impact rural communities in SE Carroll County just as much as the proposed Wolf Creek development did several years ago,” Jackson wrote in a letter to his constituents. “This board is at the very same crossroads as the prior board was with the Wolf Creek project.
“The sole purpose of the joint authority is to move the project forward. It is a fact that the authority would like condemnation rights from all the governments involved to speed up the process. The question we will answer on Tuesday is: Does Carroll County want to participate in this or not? If we vote not to join the authority, then the project will be dead in Carroll County and it will have to move to another county to move forward.”