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.