To keep cars from slipping and sliding — and crashing and smashing — when weather conditions turn roads icy, the city of Asheville and the N.C. Department of Transportation treat local motorways with salt. While the substance can impact water quality and the health of wildlife, officials say they mostly succeed in balancing environmental and traffic safety concerns.
As development across Buncombe County continues to boom so do concerns about traffic. Xpress takes an in-depth look at who you can turn to for traffic studies, traffic calming and more.
“Thus far, the city has been blind to the obvious — that there’s nothing that can be done to minimize the impact of this flawed project. That’s why N.C. DOT won’t develop and share with the public any human-scale visuals that enable the public to know what this entire thing will look like once built.”
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.
A new exhibit at Mars Hill University’s Rural Heritage Museum, titled “How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina, 1880-1937,” documents the engineering achievements and mortal sacrifices that marked the coming of the railroad to the area.
Identifying the challenges facing the Future I-26 project is fairly straightforward; implementing the needed improvements is more complicated. So how does an ordinary highway become an interstate? And when might the stretch north of downtown Asheville make the interstate grade?
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently released a report that criticizes North Carolina’s use of federal money allocated for walking and bike trails across the state.
After being off the radar for years, both the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and Asheville City Council are voting to push the Asheville section of Interstate 26 connector forward. This new push is in part the result of a small group of local officials and leaders who have met to draft a new resolution and make some sort of I-26 overhaul a reality.
As local leaders wrestle with different ideas about which route is best for an Interstate 26 connector through downtown Asheville, the N.C. Department of Transportation has put together a series of maps and charts to help inform the public about the options.
Despite concerns over its longterm implications, Buncombe County commissioners voted unanimously March 18 to pass a resolution that calls on the N.C. Department of Transportation to construct a new $230 million Interstate 26 connector. (photo by Alicia Funderburk)
Buncombe County commissioners will meet March 18 to consider a measure that calls on the NC Department of Transportation to construct a new $230 million I-26 connector.
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.
A public meeting will be held 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.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation held a Feb. 11 open house at A-B Tech’s Enka campus to encourage public input and conversation and to discuss some of the projects queued for Western North Carolina counties.
A North Carolina Department of Transportation engineer told a group of independent businesses owners Friday, Jan. 10, that upcoming hearings could lead to construction on Asheville’s Interstate 26 connector project starting in 2020.
In addition to considering the county’s nonprofit funding policy, Buncombe Commissioners will hear updates from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Asheville Regional Airport when they meet May 7.
Does the N.C. Department of Transportation have a broad agenda of adding privatized toll lanes on highways statewide? NC Matters looked into this question, which was posed to the Xpress this week.
If you drink, don’t drive: Across North Carolina, all law-enforcement agencies and departments will have enhanced enforcement. (Pictured: Asheville Police officer Ann Fowler trains officers on standardized field sobriety procedures; photo by Bill Rhodes)
A new neighborhood group has formed in east-West Asheville over concerns about traffic and impact from the New Belgium Brewing project. Jonathan Wainscott presented a plan to bypass a problem spot for trucks at the meeting. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
An aging pipe, a steep hillside and torrential rains have moved the replacement of a River Arts District storm-drain pipe up the priority list for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.