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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Buncombe
  • Type of Project: New Interchange and New Roadway
  • STIP Number: I-4759
Liberty Road I-40 Interchange Logo

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing an interchange at I-40 and Liberty Road in western Buncombe County to improve traffic in the area and to give travelers easier access to I-40.

Locally, I-40 serves as a key east-west roadway for residents to get to employment centers in 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 arterials – particularly U.S. 19/23 – as all long-distance travelers must go some distance to reach the interstate.

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

An interchange would also improve adjacent interchange traffic operations and improve congestion on existing roads.

Project Highlights

  • Roadway designs and interchange configuration design alternatives will be decided in summer 2016.
  • A public meeting and open house will be held in summer 2016.
  • The Environmental Assessment is scheduled to be completed in January 2017.
  • The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), if applicable, is scheduled to be completed in January 2018.

Contact Information

Ahmad Al-Sharawneh
Project Planning Engineer

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(919) 707-6010
1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Kevin Moore, P.E.
Roadway Design
Project Engineer

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(919) 707-6287
1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

Ricky Tipton, P.E.
Division Construction Engineer

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(828) 251-6171
55 Orange St.
Asheville, NC 28801