RALEIGH, N.C. — The federal government has resumed paying a settlement to a North Carolina county over a never-completed road designed to replace one flooded decades ago for a dam near the Tennessee border.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Sen. Thom Tillis and others met Thursday in Washington to announce Swain County is getting $4 million earmarked in a 2012 law but never released due to legal concerns.

The government promised in the 1940s to build the 30-mile North Shore Road after flooding communities to build Fontana Dam. The road wasn’t finished due to costs and environmental issues.

Swain County reached a $52 million settlement with the department in 2010 but had received only one-quarter of the funds.

Tillis and Sen. Richard Burr praised the release and said they’d keep working for remaining funds.