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NE Lamar in crosshairs again

Northeastern Lamar County is in the crosshairs of developers once again. This time a toll road for big rigs could carve up the neighborhood. UPDATE: Commission chairman Jay Matthews reported Thursday he met with a Paulding County delegation last summer about the roadway and he told them Lamar was not interested. “I thought it was a dead issue,” Matthews said. David Austin, chairman of the Paulding County Commission, appeared before Spalding commissioners Monday night to pitch the project which would route big rig traffic along a toll road from I-75 in Paulding Co. to I-75 in Lamar Co. The proposed route, while still in flux, would intersect I-75 near High Falls Road in Lamar. Austin listed the “public partners” (read taxpayers who foot the bill) in the project as Bartow, Carroll, Coweta, Lamar, Paulding and Spalding counties and the cities of Cartersville and Villa Rica. The toll road is listed as a public-private partnership and will not be subject to DOT or or federal design, study or approval. At first blush, such a project would bring little benefit and considerable upheaval to northeast Lamar.

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