ASHEVILLE – The lights will remain green longer on an overnight detour for Interstate 26 West traffic next week.
A contractor for the N.C. Department of transportation plans to close I-26 West between Airport Road (Exit 40) and Long Shoals Road (Exit 37) four straight nights starting Monday night to repair sections of asphalt.
To safely perform these operations as part of the I-26 Widening project, crews will close the interstate starting no earlier than 8 p.m. and reopen it by 6 a.m. each night.
The marked detour will direct traffic to Airport Road (N.C. 280), then Hendersonville Road and Long Shoals Road to return to I-26. Traffic lights on the detour route will remain green longer to accommodate the additional overnight interstate traffic.
Transportation officials remind drivers to remain alert, avoid distractions and obey all posted signs inside the work zone.