“What puzzles me about this widespread, hazardous herbicidal spraying all along the length of N.C. 251 in the French Broad River basin is why?”
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Letter: More to the story of development approval
“While affordable housing is important, shoving developments through in a covert manner is not the way to present new housing solutions to the community at large.”
Letter: Brevard Road, an unattended speedway
“You would think you were at a drag strip sometimes the way people open the throttle on their machines. It’s dangerous, it’s noisy, and it reminds me of aggressive drivers from big cities.”
Letter: Fix needed for New Leicester Highway intersection
“The idea of setting up a ‘trap’ to generate revenue by dinging the citizens of Buncombe is not in keeping with what our county is about. This practice creates a major traffic hazard far beyond a vehicle entering the expressed turn lane ‘too early.'”
Rowdy, marathon BOA meeting highlights development, traffic frustrations
The Board of Adjustment soldiered through a more than five hour meeting that had Buncombe County residents rallying against multiple development projects.
Crunch time for I-26 connector: DOT seeks public input as key decision nears
After more than two decades, the NCDOT is getting the ball rolling on the I-26 connector project. And though actual construction is still years away, the next few weeks are the public’s best chance to influence the route of a massive infrastructure project that, regardless of which option is chosen, will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, displace dozens of homes and businesses, and change the face of Asheville.
I-26 Connector hearing packs the room, DOT asks for input
After more than two decades of discussion, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is getting the ball rolling on the long-debated Interstate 26 Connector project, intended to improve traffic flow and bring the Asheville highway system up to current Interstate standards.
NCDOT hosts open house tomorrow at the Arboretum to discuss changes to I-26/Brevard Road interchange
A public meeting will be held tomorrow, Feb. 25, from 4-7 p.m., at the North Carolina Arboretum to discuss the upcoming proposed changes to the Interstate 26/Brevard Road interchange. Though no formal presentation will be given at the meeting, maps will be on display, and NCDOT staff will be on site to answer questions and receive comments on the new design.
Rock slide on I-40 has both westbound lanes closed
Department of Transportation crews are on the scene of a rock slide on I-40 near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. Both westbound lanes are closed near mile marker 7. See within for an alternate route.
Making motoring more memorable: N.C. DOT announces Wildflower Award winners
The N.C. Department of Transportation’s 22nd annual awards recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff.
Asheville Design Center update on I-26 talks with DOT
Alternative 4B gets tweaked but remains in the game, according to ADC report.
State DOT alters I-26 plan; new one would demolish fewer Burton St. homes
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has modified the Alternative 3 plan for the Interstate 26 connector. The new plan, if adopted, would demolish fewer homes — seven instead of 25 — in the predominantly African-American Burton Street neighborhood.
Chamber CEO: Alternative 3 is “best for the community”
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Lutovsky told Xpress today that despite concerns raised about the Alternative 3 proposal for the I-26 connector, he still feels it is “best for the community in general” and superior to the Asheville Design Center’s Alternative 4b.
Newman: County vote for alternative 3 for I-26 connector would send “mixed message”
Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman says a county resolution in support of any other plan would undercut the weight of the City Council’s endorsement of alternative 4B and send the message of “a divided community.”
N.C. transit grants frozen by feds
Federal Transit Administration withholds NC-DOT access to $25 million in transit funds for mostly rural programs.
Hotel it on the mountain
Filling vacant Council seats Council thanks DOT A proposed seven-story, 145-room hotel on Biltmore Avenue cleared a key hurdle when the Asheville City Council approved the requested conditional zoning at its Oct. 14 formal session. But determining the extent of the city’s involvement in a partnership with the development group and Public Interest Projects, an […]
Meet the neighbors
Attendance was strong at the N.C. Department of Transportation’s daylong Interstate 26 open house on Sept. 16, and nobody could fault the agency for lack of information. The maps wallpapering the Renaissance Hotel’s ballroom were extensive, and the computer-generated flyover videos were nifty and informative. (To view the video, go to www.mountainx.com/xpressfiles.) The whole thing […]
I-26 Connector: See the video
The N.C. Department of Transportation’s computer-generated videos of the Interstate 26 Connector project in Asheville bring to vivid life the construction plans that, until now, have only been seen on flat maps.
Asheville City Council
Asheville water supply still OK City offices may move to Innsbruck Mall Despite earlier reports that an alternative bridge design produced by a local volunteer group was on track for consideration by the N.C. Department of Transportation, it’s actually still a step or two behind the other options, a DOT engineer told Asheville City Council […]
A bridge too far?
After many months of wrangling, alternative 4b—the locally produced design for the bridge planned as part of the Interstate 26 connector—is in the running for final adoption by the N.C. Department of Transportation, several sources say. But in its current form, the plan only faintly resembles the one originally submitted by the Asheville Design Center, […]
The bulldozers and graders are silent for now, but if all goes as scheduled, work will begin later this fall on widening a nearly 30-mile stretch of U.S. 19/23 from two lanes to four, beginning around Mars Hill. We interupt this service: Bethel Baptist Church will lose parking to the widening of U.S. 19/23. The […]