North Carolina DOT is starting to survey for the Southern Loop, a controversial proposed highway that, if built, would bypass Sylva. Letters dated Feb. 24 were sent to some Jackson County property owners notifying them to expect engineers, surveyors and geologists “collecting data” to help determine a bypass location and design. The letters come as commissioners prepare to vote down the project Monday, March 17, following a public hearing. Commissioners want the project killed. “It may be too late,” county Manager Chuck Wooten said.