Locals push for smaller Leicester Highway construction plan

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article:

State and local officials will meet this summer to discuss more modest alternatives to a plan to widen 4.3 miles of Leicester Highway.

The state Department of Transportation has proposed widening part of the road to four lanes with a grass median and part to three lanes with a center turn lane at a cost of $28.9 million.

But some residents and local officials who serve on the board of the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, a local group that works with the state to set area transportation priorities, say the plan is overkill and not justified by the amount of traffic on the road.

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