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Eastern Cherokees still working to improve dangerous highway






Two people died along a busy stretch of U.S. 44 that leads into the Eastern Cherokee Reservation. Image from Google Maps

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina is still working on a plan to improve a dangerous highway where two pedestrians died.

The tribe and the Jackson County want to install a sidewalk and streetlights along a busy portion of U.S. 441 that leads into the reservation. The estimated cost of the project is $250,000.

A man and his son were struck by a tribal police officer on the highway in October 2013. The man, 44-year-old Randy Driver, died after being hit.

That same month, 46-year-old Timothy Daniel Allison and another man were struck in a hit and run accident. Three people from the reservation have been arrested in connection with Allison's death.

Get the Story:
Sidewalk, lights for U.S. 441 danger area still on table (The Sylva Herald 1/30)

Earlier Story:
County, tribe to seek sidewalk along U.S. 441 in Qualla (The Sylva Herald 2/4)