Pierre Howard, President of the Georgia Conservancy, says planned 411 connector will cost over $85 million more than alternate routes.
When they cut into Dobbins Mountain, it will lay bare the rock that makes up the mountain, which has very high acidity, Howard says. When that is done, the acid from the mountain will sink into Nancy Creek and Petite Creek, and go down to the Etowah River. This would be very destructive to the fish in the streams and would compromise the drinking water quality.
Additionally, Howard says the mountains around Cartersville are migration magnets, where migrant birds target to land and feed. If you destroy their habitat, then they have to find some other place.
He adds that he wants Rome to get its road, but wants it to get the right road and not the wrong road.