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Why would these environmentalists have sway over all areas of the state? I can recognize the difficulty of getting something built in the mountains, but the LaGrange to Macon route? Locals would be clamoring for it, I assure you. Being from that corner of the world, the economies of especially Meriwether and Upson Counties could use a boost and locals for the most part would be on board. The crude proposals I saw (probably in that Saporta link you gave) showed it overlaying the current roads but looping around the larger towns like Greenville, Woodbury and Thomaston as that would affect some historic town centers.
That is an excellent question.

It is not necessarily the sway that environmentalists have over other areas of the state outside of metro Atlanta and the North Georgia foothills/mountains region as much as it is the very significant amount of sway that both environmentalists and metro Atlanta urbanites (including pro-transit/anti-roadbuilding interests) have over an agency like GDOT after defeating and altering a series of GDOT highway construction proposals in metro Atlanta and North Georgia over the past 5 or so decades.

Because they have had so much success in stopping, altering and slowing down major highway construction projects in metro Atlanta and North Georgia over the past five decades, environmentalists and metro Atlanta pro-transit/anti-roadbuilding interests often weigh-in against large-scale road construction proposals and projects in other parts of the state, often on the grounds of pointing out real or perceived environmental hazards or objecting to large amounts of transportation money being spent on building roads in another part of the state and not on upgrading transit in metro Atlanta.

It also seems ironic that these groups might be able to block road construction projects in other parts of the state outside of metro Atlanta and North Georgia when one might think that large-scale road construction projects might be much better received by local residents in those areas than in metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

Being keenly aware of their string of past PR defeats and challenges when attempting to build highways in metro Atlanta and North Georgia, GDOT often seems to take care not to publicize major road construction projects in other parts of the state for fear that environmental and anti-roadbuilding interests might be able to stop those projects like they have stopped so many other projects in metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

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I know the US27 widening did a good job of bypassing small communities between Carrollton and LaGrange. Franklin, Centralhatchee, Roopville and even the small unincorporated community of Hillcrest north of LaGrange were bypassed as the alignment was shifted east or west of these communities. The Franklin bypass created a second crossing of the Chattahoochee. For all my life the old 27 route was the only bridge over the Chattahoochee in all of Heard County.
The challenge with the idea of upgrading the US 27 corridor to a superhighway through along the western tier of the state is the ridge-and-valley terrain that the route traverses north of Rome and south of Chattanooga in extreme Northwest Georgia.

That is most likely something that would bring the environmentalists out to oppose that project.

Meanwhile, much like they have done in successfully defeating past large-scale road proposals like the Outer Perimeter, metro Atlanta interests likely would oppose such a project on the grounds of a large amount of money being spent on building roads in a lesser-populated part of the state and not on upgrading and expanding transit infrastructure in heavily-populated metro Atlanta.

Successfully opposing multiple past large-scale superhighway construction projects in and around the state's largest and most-dominant metro area/region appears to have given environmental and anti-roadbuilding groups much more political sway in Georgia than they seem to have in other large Sun Belt states like Florida, Texas and North Carolina.
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