09/30/09 169 W - + 16 - 11 Fewer Ambulances on Swain County Motorcycle Route

WTVD has posted an interesting story about reduced responses on a well-known motorcycle route in western North Carolina. Highway 129 starts in Blount County, TN, and features 318 curves in 11 miles. It's called the Tail of the Dragon, and at least two people are killed on the North Carolina section each year. Responses from Robbinsville in Graham County take about 22 minutes, while a run from Bryson City in Swain County can take as long as 50 minutes. Effective January 1, Graham County is discontinuing emergency service to the highway. County leaders say it costs too much, with about 30 calls a year totally about $100,000 annually. During the meeting that decided this action, the Swain County Manager offered a concession to Graham County, a discounted rate for housing their inmates in the Swain County jail. The offer was declined. The article notes that Swain County had been paying Graham County an annual fee for garbage pick-up, but not for emergency services or law enforcement. Read the entire story.

And here’s an interesting web site on Tail of the Dragon, http://www.tailofthedragon.com

Includes a list of fatalities since 1995, and with a map, no less! See http://www.tailofthedragon.com/maps/map_..
Legeros - 09/30/09 - 21:15

And here’s the original Citizen-Times article, with some reader comments to add perspective, http://www.citizen-times.com/article/200..
Legeros - 09/30/09 - 21:19

Deals gap is one of the best roads to ride in the US.
Kermit - 10/01/09 - 08:30

I am not trying to start an argument in any way, but how do 30 calls total around $100,000 a year?(out of curiosity)
Adam - 10/01/09 - 16:05

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