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Repairs From Plane Crash Close Stretch of I-26 on Friday Morning

ASHEVILLE – Both directions of Interstate 26 between Airport Road and Long Shoals Road will likely remain closed until 11 a.m. on Friday.

The closure is necessary for Duke Power to restore three lines that cross both directions of I-26 traffic.

A small plane crashed on I-26 West about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday which closed both lanes heading to downtown and damaged the power lines.

The Incident Corridor Management plan has been implemented. It provides longer green lights along the following detour routes:

  • I-26 West Traffic: Exit I-26 at Airport Road (Exit 40) to Hendersonville Road (U.S. 25 North ) to Long Shoals Road (N.C. 143) back to I-26.
  • I-26 East Traffic: Exit I-26 at Long Shoals Road (Exit 37) to Hendersonville Road (U.S. 25 South) to Airport Road (N.C. 280).

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and schedule additional time into any travel plans along these routes. 


12/15/2023 12:55 AM