Construction is 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 safe and efficient travel in the area.
The project is divided into two 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 a 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 handle existing and future traffic volume.
Construction began in the fall of 2019, at a time when sections of I-26 experienced heavy congestion creating unpredictable traffic slow-downs and making daily commutes frustrating for motorists. This construction will improve the ability to serve high-speed regional travel.
The project will also improve permanent structures including bridges and drainage as well as pavement structure and deteriorating existing road surfaces. The existing roadway surface in the project area has undergone major rehabilitation twice, most recently in 2011.