Project Map
Project Map

Project Map

Project Fast Facts
  • County: Buncombe
  • Type of Project: Proposed New Interchange and Roadway
  • STIP Number: I-4759
  • Estimated Cost: $41.1 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2019
Liberty Road I-40 Interchange Logo

Project Overview and Purpose

Planning and development are underway on a proposed project to build a new interchange at I-40 and Liberty Road in Candler, as well as realigning Liberty Road between Smokey Park Highway (U.S. 19/23/N.C. 151) and Monte Vista Road to improve traffic in the area and give travelers easier access to I-40.

Locally, I-40 serves as a key east-west roadway for residents to get to Asheville. Motorists who want to drive on I-40, however, must use the existing interchange at U.S. 19/23 (Exit 44) – approximately 2.5 miles to the east – or the interchange at Wiggins Road (Exit 37) –approximately 5.5 miles to the west.

In addition to the difficulty this creates for emergency services, the lack of an interchange contributes to the current and projected operational deficiencies of local arterial roads – particularly U.S. 19/23 – as all long-distance travelers must go some distance to reach the interstate.

The proposed interchange at Liberty Road will provide an alternate access point for I-40, improve network connectivity in western Buncombe County and reduce travel times as well as congestion in the area.

Project Highlights

Proposed work would convert the existing Liberty Road overpass into an interchange, and Liberty Road would be realigned between Smokey Park Highway and Monte Vista Road with two lanes north of I-40 and four lanes south of I-40. A portion of the project would be built on a new location.

NCDOT has developed three design options, called alternatives, for the proposed interchange:

  • Alternative 1 involves building a diamond interchange, which has a ramp in all four quadrants of the interchange.
  • Alternative 2 features a partial cloverleaf interchange, which includes a ramp in the southeast and northwest portions of the interchange.
  • Alternative 3 has a half cloverleaf interchange, which includes a ramp in the southwest and northwest portions of the interchange.

Public Meeting

NCDOT held a public meeting in Candler on Aug. 30, 2016, at which time NCDOT representatives received feedback from the community and answered questions about the project.

The maps and materials available at the meeting are available below for review:

Project Timeline

Milestone Date*
Environmental Assessment published Early 2017
Public hearing Spring 2017
Final environmental document (Finding of No Significant Impact) published Spring 2018
Right of way acquisition begins 2019
Construction begins 2021

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Ahmad Al-Sharawneh
Project Planning Engineer
(919) 707-6010
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Kevin Moore, P.E.
Roadway Design
Project Engineer
(919) 707-6287
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1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

Ricky Tipton, P.E.
Division Construction Engineer
(828) 251-6171
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55 Orange St.
Asheville, NC 28801

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.