I-26 Expansion Videos

Burton Street and Haywood Road detail. Note the number of homes on Burton Street that will be taken and how wide Haywood Road bridge will be, limiting pedestrian and bicycle access.

I-26 Connector Project Section A: Amboy Road would be widened from the Velodrome west curving to parallel I-26W and feeding into Brevard Road at I-26. The Brevard Road bridge over I-26 would be widened substantially.

I-26 Connector Project Section B Alternative 4B Westgate: Alternative 4B sends at least 10 lanes from lower Burton Street across Westgate and Emma before cross the French Broad at the bend north of Montford. Local traffic is separated from interstate traffic via new roads and traffic lights.

I-26 Connector Project Section B Alternative 3C : The complexity of the interchange on the Westgate side of the current Patton Ave. interchange must be studied closely. This animation shows the separate flyways north of Patton Ave. that would converge north of Montford.

I-26 Connector Section B Alt 4 Hillcrest and Patton: Alternative 4B would send I-240 traffic north, along the current 19/23 northboound alignment before sending flyways across the French Broad River north of the Hillcrest neighborhood.
I-26 Connector project Section B Alternative 4 Riverside: Before and after of Riverside in NCDOT’s Alternative 4 for the I-26 Connector Project.

I-26 Connector Project Section B Alternative 4B Riverside: In NCDOT’s Alternative 4b, I-26 would merge with the current alignment of 19/23 further south than the plan for Alternative 4 or Altenrative 3 or 3C.

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During its 30-year history, WNCA (now MountainTrue) has twice prevented logging in the Asheville Watershed, first in 1990 and again in 2004. Eventually the City of Asheville placed a conservation easement over 17,356 acres of the watershed.