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Project History

The history of the I-26 Connector Project in Asheville is long and complex yet their are some themes that have been consistent:

1) There has been much local support during the last 15 years that the project should have 6 lanes and not 8. Despite NCDOT's repeated assertions that 8 lanes are needed based on their model results, their most advanced model shows little difference in congestion between 6 and 8 lanes.

2) Another long term topic of discussion has been the removal of highway traffic from Patton Avenue.

3) As with previous highway projects in Asheville, the I-26 connector affects poor and minority populations the greatest.

4) Also, a number of groups have formed to reach local consensus about the project and they have generally reached the same conclusions outlined in the CCC Report.

1960s - 1980s         1985 - 2000         2001 - 2005        2006 - present