An endangered bat is the latest potential setback for a planned road offering better interstate access to Rome and Cartersville. The rare animal lives in nearby Gilmer County and also could be living in Bartow County where the highway would go, according to some of the project’s opponents.
People in northwest Georgia have been waiting on an extension to Highway 411 for three decades. It would relieve congestion and create better access to Interstate 75. The state is ready to move forward. But landowners defending their property are willing to sue to block it, so extending Highway 411 could require a new route.