Re Road project worries farmers (Our Region, Jan. 21): Because the environmental impact report on the 35-mile Capital SouthEast Connector evaluated an 800-foot-wide potential corridor, its estimates on potential impact to agricultural land were much higher than what actually will be needed. The connectors right of way, which is not yet specifically designed, will at most be 200 feet wide and result in the conversion of an estimated 124 acres of what is classified as important farmland and 211 acres of grazing land. While the overall impact to agricultural land will be much less than The Bee reported, we look forward to working closely with area farmers to ensure that we have a good understanding of their agricultural needs and can proactively address as many of them as possible. Our work with other stakeholders proves that we have a strong track record in developing mutually beneficial solutions.
-- Tom Zlotkowksi, Mather, executive director, Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority