Planning and development are underway on a project to widen approximately 16.9 miles of I-26 from U.S. 64, in Hendersonville, to Brevard Road, in Asheville. The project will help provide for high-speed, safe and efficient travel.
The project is divided into two project sections:
- Section I-4400 is a 9.1-mile stretch that begins at U.S. 64 (Exit 49) in Hendersonville, and extends along I-26 west to N.C. 280 (Exit 40).
- Section I-4700 is an 7.8-mile stretch that extends along I-26 from N.C. 280 west to the I-40/240 interchange.
Widening I-26 in the project area will improve overall roadway capacity to better handle existing and future traffic volumes.
Sections of I-26 currently operate at levels of congestion characterized by unstable travel speeds with a high level of discomfort to the driver. As projected traffic volumes increase, more sections of I-26 are projected to operate at similar levels of congestion. By 2040, I-26 is anticipated to operate over capacity, hindering its ability to serve high-speed regional travel.
The project will also improve pavement structure and deteriorating existing road surface conditions. The existing roadway surface on I-26 in the project area has undergone major rehabilitation twice, most recently in 2011.