I think TDOT should dry up the river and divert it over to the Hiawassee. Then they can fill it with rock and pave it. Would make a nice 4 lane road and wouldn't have to worry about the rafters anymore!!!
Of course that would be too easy! TDOT has been talking about putting a road over the top by Benton Falls for years. It takes a rock slide and almost getting people killed for this to be a reality?
The project would put a great deal of "stimulus" money into the region. Far more than what Polk county is getting now from rafting on a seasonal basis....