Republican Congressman Mark Meadows and former Democratic Congressman from the 11th district Heath Shuler teamed up Tuesday morning in asking the House sub-committee to pay Swain County money set aside for the “Road to Nowhere”.
Shuler released a written statement saying the US Department of Interior has been shortchanging the residents of Swain County over the North Shore Road since 1943.
Congress approved funds in 2012 but they have not been given to the county yet.If the sub-committee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations agrees, the bill will go to the US House for a vote.
The National Park Service is sitting on 4 million appropriated in 2012 that was meant for the county as part of a settlement with the federal government over a road it agreed to build along the North Shore of Fontana Lake in 1943.
The road was never completed and the government promised to pay the county 52 million instead of building it in 2010 after decades of debate. The county got an initial payment of 12.8 million but the House must approve the other 4 million for release.