The decreased traffic volume could force businesses to shut their doors, thus leading to building vacancies along Ga. 20 and U.S. 41. It could also force appraisal values down and wipe out millions in annual sales tax revenue from motorists who travel through Bartow County and Cartersville.
What economic studies, if any, are available to business owners about the road’s impact? What programs are in place to help business owners who might be negatively impacted by the Cartersville bypass? Elected officials must realize these businesses cannot all relocate to the connector. According to GDOT’s plan, it is designated to be a limited access highway with few business driveways. Obviously, the goal is to assure motorists from Rome and beyond a speedy, effortless trip through the county.
SHAUN FOSTER, Cartersville