When the DOT finally decided on a design for Section B of the Connector project in 2015, many stakeholders thought they saw light at the end of a very long tunnel. Other residents, however, see serious flaws in Alternative 4B, questioning whether the project’s long-term benefits will justify the sacrifices their neighborhoods must make to see it completed.
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As plans move ahead for the Interstate 26 Connector project through Asheville, community members look back to reflect on the profound impact major road construction projects have had on the region.
City Council will consider a light agenda at 5 p.m. on July 5. The meeting is necessary to keep a potential city bond referendum on track for inclusion on the November 8 general election ballot.
At its June 14 meeting, City Council will vote on Asheville’s municipal budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. Council will also hear an update on the I-26 Connector project and will consider a rezoning request related to a proposed 290-unit apartment development off of Long Shoals Road.
A final reminder that today [Dec. 16] is our last day to submit a comment on the I-26 Connector.
With four cranes silhouetted against the skyline, construction fencing blocking sidewalks and hundreds of construction workers on the job every day, downtown Asheville is buzzing with development activity. Despite the blazing pace of new construction, City Council has reviewed only four downtown projects since 2010. At its Dec. 8 meeting, City Council will reconsider the thresholds that trigger Council review.
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.
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.
Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that she will accelerate the planned construction of six “urban loop” projects, including the proposed Interstate 26 connector in Asheville. Under the new schedule, the state will begin buying right-of-way by 2018, and start construction in 2020.
The proposed Interstate 26 connector in Asheville is currently on hold for at least the next 10 years, barring further review by the N.C. Department of Transportation, a spokesman told the Carolina Public Press on Monday, March 28.
Alternative 4B gets tweaked but remains in the game, according to ADC report.
The WNC Alliance has launched a new Web site to help keep local communities updated on the latest information regarding the controversial Interstate 26 Connector project.
Here’s your video preview of the May 20 edition of the Mountain Xpress.
At a forum on the controversial I-26 Connector Monday night, representatives of local groups, as well as Mayor Terry Bellamy and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Gantt urged residents of the Burton Street neighborhood to continue their activism and petition state officials to spare damage to their neighborhood.
If you want a slice of life in and around Burton Street, stop by the Burton Street Recreation Center.
Amid questions and calls from audience members to come to an agreement, including one to end “this bulls**t,” Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Rick Lutovsky squared off at an Leadership Asheville Forum debate over different plans for the controversial I-26 connector.
In a tense 3-2 vote, Buncombe County commissioners Tuesday night voted for the route known as Alternative 3 for the Interstate 26 Connector route through Asheville.
The Interstate 26 Connector project has been in the works for nearly two decades. State Department of Transportation officials say they plan to announce their decision the the preferred route for the highway project in fall 2009. The connector project will create a new highway crossing the French Broad River, widen Interstate 240 in West […]