I-26 Connector Project
Now – The final environmental impact statement is in progress.
July 3, 2018 - An internal meeting including the City's representatives on the I-26 Connector Project Working Group will be held at City Hall on the Mezzanine Level in the Transportation Department Conference Room from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the consultant's draft memo that will be submitted to the NCDOT for inclusion in the FEIS.
NEW: I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee- now accepting applications
The I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee was established as an ad hoc committee to gather information and ideas about aesthetics to make the I-26 Connector project a cohesive and integrated part of Asheville.
The Aesthetics Committee shall serve as a voice for interested parties represented by the Aesthetics Committee members and provide recommendations to the City about the aesthetics treatments. The new committee will typically meet on a monthly basis with special meetings on a case-by-case basis for an estimated one year period.
Click HERE for the I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee report to City Council
Click HERE for an electronic application form.
The deadline for applications for these openings is Monday, June 11, 2018 at 5 p.m.
The proposed I-26 Connector project was first included in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as project I-2513 in 1989.
A working group was created at the request of the City of Asheville to discuss specific topics; including but not limited to the traffic forecast, visualizations, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, design refinements, the creation of an Aesthetics Advisory Committee (AAC), noise policies, and abatement measures. Members of the working group include the City of Asheville, NCDOT project team, the consultant project team, Asheville Design Center, Buncombe County, and a minority community representative. The first working group meeting was held on March 24, 2016.
November 16, 2015 – A public hearing was held in Asheville for the 2015 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
December 16, 2015 – The City of Asheville submitted comments for the 2015 DEIS.
May 18, 2016 – The merger team chose Alternatives 4B, A, and F-1 as the Least Environmentally Damaging Preferred Alternative (LEDPA).
Winter 2017 – Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
Winter 2018 – Design Public Hearing
Summer 2018 – Record of Decision
Supporting Documents & Information
Working Group Meeting Minutes
City of Asheville
Ken Putnam, PE
Director, Transportation Department
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802
Jennifer Fuller, PE
Project Management Unit