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NCDOT sets meeting on I-26 widening

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The NCDOT will hold a public meeting Monday to receive comments on the $400 million widening of I-26 from the I-240 junction to the U.S. 25 connector (exit 54).

The 22-mile project, scheduled to start next year, involves widening the interstate to three lanes in each direction between the connector and the Asheville Highway interchange (exit 44) and four lanes in each direction from Asheville Highway to the I-40/I-240 interchange.

"During a public comment period in October 2016, NCDOT heard concerns from citizens that proposed interchange improvements at Asheville Highway would result in a footprint that had too many impacts to homes and businesses," the NCDOT said. As a result engineers looked at two alternative designs that would have a smaller impact.

The drop-in meeting is 4-7 p.m. at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road in Arden. No formal presentation will be made. NCDOT engineers and other officials will be there to explain the plans, answer questions and receive comments. The public comment period ends May 1. To submit comments, email chood@ncdot.gov.

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