The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public workshop on Thursday, April 18, on proposed improvements to the Interstate 26 and N.C. 191 (Brevard Road) interchange in Asheville.

Modifying the interchange would alleviate congestion and address lengthy backups on the I-26 exit ramps. NCDOT is considering several alternatives for the new interchange design. The project could also involve widening the N.C. 191 bridge over I-26 and re-routing some local roads permanently to accommodate the changes to N.C. 191.

The workshop will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the N.C. Arboretum Education Center, located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville. The typical entry fee charged by the N.C. Arboretum has been waived for workshop attendees.

The public is invited to attend at any time during workshop hours to speak individually with NCDOT officials, review project plans and submit comments. There will not be a formal presentation.

For additional information, contact Michael Wray, NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit, at (919) 707-6050 or

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for persons with disabilities who want to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Wray as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

People who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

–Press release from the N.C. Department of Transportation, shared April 11.

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