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107 Connector Controversy

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Commissioners are attempting to put to rest what remains of the Old Southern Loop, a proposed road that would bypass the town of Sylva. This will make the third time they’ve attempted to kill the proposed project. County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for Monday, March 17th to gather public comment on the project. The strategy would be following the public hearing commissioners would vote to remove the 107 Connector from the county’s offical transportation plan. Commissioners have omitted the bypass from their road priorites list assembled for the DOT at that departments requests. Following the NO vote, commisioners would ask the Rural Planning Organization to approve this amended county transportation plan. Chairman Jack Debnam expresses confidence that the Rural Planning Committee would endorse Jackson County leaders wishes in this matter. Commissioners plan to replace the 107 Connector with proposed road improvements to Ledbetter Road in Cullowhee and to Wilmot Bridge near Whittier. Which in the last two weeks Ledbetter road has seen it’s share of accidents. Citizens have already spoken publiclly about wanting guard rails placed on Ledbetter Road. Supporters of the proposed connector road have said it would ease traffic congestion on current N.C. 107; opponents cite studies that show this isn’t a likely outcome.