I-26 Connector Project

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Happening Now

Now – The final environmental impact statement is in progress.

November 30, 2018 - The I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee will be meeting at the City of Asheville's Municipal Building at 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801 from 9:00 am until noon to begin their work on identifying aesthetics features for the I-26 connector project.


NEW: I-26 Connector Project Aesthetics Committee


 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 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

Project History

Memo - Tunnel Feasibility Evaluation

WABA Community Meeting Summary - September 20, 2016

Montford Community Meeting Summary - September 20, 2016

Burton Street Community Meeting Summary - October 17, 2016

Burton Street Community Meeting Summary - February 20, 2017

Fairfax/Virginia Avenue Community Meeting Summary - March 21, 2017

Hillcrest Apartments Community Meeting Summary - March 21, 2017

East West Asheville Neighborhood Meeting Summary - June 5, 2017

West Asheville Business Association Meeting Summary - June 6, 2017

Fairfax/Virginia Avenue Community Meeting Summary - September 7, 2017

Technical Memo from Sam Schwartz Consulting - September 19, 2018

Council Resolution - November 27, 2018


Working Group Meeting Minutes

March 24, 2016
June 3, 2016
August 9, 2016
September 20, 2016
October 17, 2016
November 18, 2016
February 20, 2017
May 26, 2017
July 27, 2017
July 31, 2018

City of Asheville 2015 DEIS Comments

Resolution # 15-232

Resolution # 16-163

Resolution # 16-278

Link to NCDOT 1-26 Connector Project Page

Contact Information

City of Asheville

Ken Putnam, PE
Director, Transportation Department
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802



Theresa Ellerby, CPM
Project Management Unit