$6M to help settle decades-long fight over 'Road to Nowhere'

BRYSON CITY, N.C. (AP) -- Congress has agreed to provide $6 million to help settle a decades-long fight in western North Carolina over the so-called Road to Nowhere.

North Carolina Representative Heath Shuler said Thursday that the money was included in a federal spending bill approved by Congress. The money is part of an expected $52 million settlement for the government's failure to build the road in Swain County, which borders Tennessee.

The government promised to replace a highway in Swain County that was flooded to build a dam in 1943, but it was never finished. The National Park Service recommended against finishing the 30-mile road because it would have run through an undeveloped area in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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