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The effort to secure compensation for Swain County from the federal government for a road it never completed has been a long and twisted tale, full of contentious political debate among Western North Carolina congressmen both old and new. The issue is now back in the news, as current GOP Rep. Mark Meadows has joined […]
In a long-sought settlement, the National Park Service will pay Swain County $52 million. The announcement came from Rep. Heath Shuler’s office.
To manage an anticipated monetary settlement in the long-standing “Road to Nowhere” controversy in Swain County, the state legislature has approved the establishment of a Swain County Settlement Trust Fund, to be managed by the state treasurer. The bill has moved now to the governor’s desk.
New federal spending bill includes funds for a settlement with Swain County.
It’s nearly official: The so-called Road to Nowhere will forever be just that, and a monetary settlement will be granted to Swain County in lieu of construction of the once-promised 34-mile road through the Great Smokies.
In statements issued this week, Sen. Elizabeth Dole supported and Sen. Richard Burr opposed a cash settlement for Swain County.