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Comprehensive Contract to Improve I-40 in Buncombe County

ASHEVILLE – A comprehensive project to rehabilitate Interstate 40 through a section of Asheville includes a variety of improvements that will be performed by a local contractor.

The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $27.9 million contract to APAC Atlantic Inc DBA Harrison Construction Company of Asheville to improve multiple components of the interstate from Hendersonville Road (Exit 50) through the I-26 interchange. 

This project will include pavement and bridge rehabilitation including the four bridges over Hominy Creek and two bridges over the French Broad River. The bridge rehabilitation will address spalling concrete substructure components and improve the riding surface on the bridge decks.

The project will also include rehabilitation of the existing asphalt, installation of new guardrail, replacement of concrete drainage ditches, curb and gutter and the installation of new high visibility pavement markings. 

Contract crews may begin work as soon as June 5, but will likely begin noticeable operations later this year. The contract is expected to be complete by spring 2026. 

Traffic management plans include limiting most lane closures to overnight hours. The bridge repairs will have little impact on access to Hominy Creek and the French Broad River. Temporary river traffic warning signs will be posted at multiple access points to notify French Broad River users of project location. 


6/2/2023 8:27 AM