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Happening Now

 

Now –The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is pending completion of the biological review with the Record of Decision (ROD) following no sooner than 90 days after the FEIS is issued.

Ongoing – The I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee will be meeting at the NCDOT Division Office at 55 Orange Street on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

Ongoing – Beginning the October 2019 through January, 2020, the I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee will also meet on the first Tuesday beginning on 10/1/19 from 2:00-4:30 P.M. located in Room 330 at the Buncombe County Building at 36 Woodfin Street (across from the YMCA).

January 13, 2020 – Bowen Bridge Subcommittee meeting 11:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M. at 170 Montford Ave, Asheville NC 28801.

Ongoing – The Bowen Bridge/Patton Avenue Subcommittee and the French Broad River Crossings and Flyovers Subcommittee of the I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee will be meeting at Fractals every Tuesday until further notice from 9:30 A.M. and 10:25 A.M., respectively.

August 13, 2019, from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. – Design charettes for French Broad River Crossing and Flyovers Subcommittee at 29 North Market Street, Suite 610.

August 9, 2019 – The Design Guidelines Subcommittee Meeting of the I-26 Aesthetics Committee will be meeting at 171 Chestnut Street at 11:00 A.M.

August 27th and September 3rd, 10th and 24th – The General Design Guidelines Subcommittee (GDG) to meet 10:30 am to 12:00 noon; and the French Broad River Bridge and Flyover Subcommittee (FBR) will meet at 12:00 Noon to 1:15 P.M.  Current members of the GDG are Mike Zukoski and Susan Loftis, and current members of the FBR are Michael Adams and Susan Loftis.  The public is welcome.

October 8 and 22, 2019 – The General Design Guidelines Subcommittee will meet from 10:30 A.M. – Noon at 170 Montford Avenue.

December 19, 2019 – A brief design charrette will be held Thursday, December 19, 2019, 11:00 A.M. -11:35 A.M. to finalize some detail design recommendations for the Riverside Cemetery Subcommittee of the Aesthetics Committee focusing very strictly on the physical details of the viaduct and the potential fencing separating the future greenway.   The meeting will occur at the lower studio at 171 West Chestnut Street.  Park on Montford and walk through the yard at 170 Montford to rear yard lower level of the carriage house.

February 19, 2020 – The City’s I-26 Connector project internal working group will meet with the NCDOT and their consultant on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm at the NCDOT Division Office at 55 Orange Street.  The purpose of the meeting will be to review the micro-simulation and hopefully the designs for the east side of the French Broad River.

February 20, 2020 – The I-26 Working Group will be meeting from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM at the NCDOT Division Office located at 55 Orange Street.

February 20, 2020 – The I-26 Aesthetics Committee will meet with NCDOT and AECOM consultants at the NCDOT Division Office at 55 Orange Street from
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

March 3, 2020  – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting has been moved to Thursday 3/5/20 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – location TBD.

March 17, 2020 – The regularly scheduled I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting is canceled until further notice.

April 6, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting will be convening by GoToMeeting.

April 21, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting will be convening by GoToMeeting

April 23, 2020
– I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

April 28, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Join by phone ‪+1 414-909-5306‬ PIN: ‪487 190 827‬#

May 5, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Join by phone ‪+1 224-662-0458‬ PIN: ‪563 863 473‬#

May 19, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Join by phone ‪+1 234-719-4080‬ PIN: ‪676 224 928‬#

June 2, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Join by phone ‪+1 216-532-3858‬ PIN: ‪708 826 597‬#

July 7, 2020 – I- 26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Join by phone ‪ +1 402-307-1598‬ PIN: ‪676 790 369‬#

August 25, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Join by Phone +1 (646)749-3122 Access Code: 284-593-269

September 8, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Join by Phone  +1 262-727-4055‬ PIN: ‪669 465 293‬#

October 6, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:00 PM- 4:30 PM Join by Phone –  +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code 832-822-909

October 20, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Virtual Meeting – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Join by Phone – +1(571)317-3122 Access Code 794-509-717

 


July 1, 2020 – Join Us for the I-26 Connector Project Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement Virtual Meeting:

Join us for a webinar on Jul 01, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT.

Register now! [attendee.gotowebinar.com]

A presentation about the I-26 Connector project and mitigation for historic properties in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 Memorandum of Agreement

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements [link.gotowebinar.com]

Link to NCDOT Website of Draft of Memorandum of Agreement: https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/asheville-i-26-connector/Pages/project-documents.aspx
PUBLIC COMMENT TO NCDOT ENDS THROUGH FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020.  See link to submit comments:  https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/asheville-i-26-connector/Pages/photos-videos.aspx

 

 


I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee

The I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Advisory 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 Advisory 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 Advisory Committee report to City Council

Click HERE for an electronic application form.

Supporting Documents Folder for the Aesthetics Advisory Committee

I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Minutes 2018-to present

April 4, 2020 – Meeting on State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO)/Riverside Cemetery

I-26 Aesthetics Committee Report and Presentation to City Council on June 9, 2020.

 


Background

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.

 


Timeline

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).

December 4, 2018 – A public hearing was held in Asheville for the 2018 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)


 

Supporting Documents and Information

I-26 Connector Project History

Community Meeting Summaries – Google Folder

Working Group Meeting Minutes – Google Folder

Asheville City Council Resolutions – Google Folder

Other Supporting Documents – Google Folder

NCDOT I-26 Connector Project Page

 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Approved Resolutions

I-26 Connector Project General Design Standards as of November 5, 2019

Burton Street Community Working Group

I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Minutes from 2018-to present

 


I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agendas with links to supporting documentation

January 7, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
December 17, 2019 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda 
December 3, 2019 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
November 19, 2019 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda 
November 5, 2019 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
October 15, 2019 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
October 1, 2019 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda-the following links to documents:
September 17, 2019 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Minutes; FEIS Comments and City Council Resolution;  Report from French Broad River Bridge and Flyover Subcommittee.
September 17, 2019 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
August 20, 2019 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
July 16, 2019 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
June 18, 2019 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
May 21, 2019 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
April 16, 2019 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
March 12, 2019 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
January 21, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
February 3, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
February 18, 2020-I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
February 20, 2020 I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
March 2, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
April 6, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
April 21, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
April 23, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
May 5, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
June 2, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
July 7, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
August 25, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
September 8, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
October 6, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda
October 20, 2020 – I-26 Aesthetics Committee Meeting Agenda

 


Contact Information

Ken Putnam, PE
Director, City of Asheville Transportation Department
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802
828-259-5943

Kevin E. Moore, PE
Senior Project Manager
NCDOT Project Management Unit
919-707-6287

 


Updated 01/20/2020


 

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