The state Department of Transportation was steadfast in its recommendation that Asheville City Council abandon the Asheville Design Center’s proposal for the I-26 connector. But at its June 27 meeting, Council was not yet ready to give up hope on the plan that was devised by the volunteer efforts of local architects and engineers.
This was the DOT’s first official response since seeing the design last month.
Responding to a request by Council member Brownie Newman, city staff will even examine ways the city might assist the ADC in remedying compliance issues brought up by the DOT and the Federal Highway Administration. Just how far the city is willing to get involved — if at all — remains to be seen.
Look for full coverage of the Council meeting in the July 5 issue of Xpress.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer