After 75 years, feds keep $52M promise to N Carolina county

July 04, 2018 - 11:45 am

BRYSON CITY, N.C. (AP) — The federal government has finally kept its $52 million promise to a remote North Carolina mountain county.

The Interior Department earlier this month paid the final $35 million to Swain County for a road it promised to build during World War II, but never finished.

The promise happened in 1943, when the federal government created Fontana Lake to provide power for a plant that made aluminum for airplanes. In exchange, the government offered to build a 34-mile (55-kilometer) highway to connect Bryson City to Fontana to make up for flooded roads.

The Charlotte Observer reports only 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the road were built, abruptly ending in a tunnel in 1972.

In 2007, the U.S. government agreed to pay Swain County $52 million. The final payment was deposited Friday.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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