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.
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.
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:
|Environmental Assessment published
|Final environmental document (Finding of No Significant Impact) published
|Right of way acquisition begins
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Project Planning Engineer
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Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Kevin Moore, P.E.
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Raleigh, NC 27699-1582
Ricky Tipton, P.E.
Division Construction Engineer
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Asheville, NC 28801
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