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Henderson County News

King and Church to be repaved by fall of 2021

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The top NCDOT engineer for Henderson County told the Hendersonville City Council that the state had fixed some road problems city residents have brought up, was in the process of addressing others and would have to wait on some because of the agency's cash shortage.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Faded lane markings, bad pavement among citizens' concerns

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Faded lane markings on Church and King streets downtown, poor pavement conditions on major routes throughout the city, a new stoplight on U.S. 64 West and better lane guidance through the U.S. 64 West zigzag via Buncombe Street are among the requests City Council members received in the recent series of Council Conversations with the public.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady dubious about NCDOT bailout

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RALEIGH — Some House members want to give the N.C. Department of Transportation an emergency bailout.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NCDOT | bond issues

Flat Rock News

Bond money restores funding for three delayed road projects

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Three Henderson County highway projects that had been postponed because of the NCDOT's cash shortfall have had their funding restored through the 2020 Build NC bond issue.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | roundabouts | Highland Lake Road project | NC 191 widening | White Street extension

Henderson County News

NCDOT poised to award $271 million contract for I-26 widening

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A timeframe to start a construction project on Interstate 26 in Henderson County is becoming clear.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | road construction | I-26 | I-26 widening project

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hood column: NC next to last in rural roads safety

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The latest ratings of highway systems are out — and for North Carolina, the news is mixed.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Road through Nantahala Gorge reopening Monday night

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BRYSON CITY – A major highway in the mountains important for local traffic and tourism was set to reopen Monday night — one day earlier than expected, the NCDOT said.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | landslides | Nantahala Gorge | Nantahala National Forest

Henderson County News

Massive mudslides close road through Nantahala Gorge

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BRYSON CITY – N.C. Department of Transportation crews are working around the clock on U.S. 19/74 until the highway is open through the Nantahala Gorge.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Here's how to get your free NC 2019-20 road map

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The 2019-20 North Carolina state transportation map is now available free of charge.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

BikeWalk NC applaud DOT's 'Complete Streets' initiative

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BikeWalk NC is applauding a new state Department of Transportation that focuses on evaluating walking, driving and public transit options as it reviews projects. Members of the N.C. Board of Transportation on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution in support of implementing amendments to the department’s Complete Streets policy.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | road construction | bicycling

Henderson County News

Here's what road projects the city ranks highest

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Fixing the congested and time-wasting intersection of U.S. 25 and North Main Street and five other widening or safety improvements projects in and around Hendersonville top the City Council’s nominations for inclusion in the state’s next transportation improvement plan.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Vote now to rank road projects

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The Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee wants people to participate now in helping rank road projects that may be built years from now. The advisory board is starting a process now that lasts through next year to identify and prioritize road improvement work for the next update of the State Transportation Improvement Plan. Motorists can fill out a survey now to rank road projects.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Detour has started for Erkwood-Shepherd roundabout

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The detour for up to three months to build a new roundabout on Greenville Highway at Shepherd Street and Erkwood Drive started today.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

NC 191 widening opponents hope for a Balfour-like outcome

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Opponents of the four-lane N.C. 191 widening project are hoping Henderson County commissioners take their side when the board hears from the top NCDOT engineer for the southwestern corner of the state.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | roads | Balfour Parkway | NC 191 widening

Henderson County News

NCDOT adds clear road markings, makes stoplight fix downtown

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The busiest streets downtown also are confusing to some motorists, if crash statistics are an indicator.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Big rigs keep on turning onto Berkeley road; county weighing options

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Although tractor-trailers still might be dodging the scales on I-26 by taking Signal Hill and Berkeley roads through Hendersonville, the situation is “getting a little bit better” with monitoring by sheriff’s deputies, Commissioner Charles Messer said Wednesday at the Board of Commissioners meeting.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

NCDOT awards contract for landslide repair

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Transportation officials recently awarded a contract to repair the landslide on U.S. 74A in Gerton.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

10-year plan highway contains no new projects for county

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The N.C. Department of Transportation on Thursday unveiled a draft 10-year transportation plan for 2020-2029 at the monthly Board of Transportation meeting in Raleigh. The 10-year plan includes no major new projects in Henderson County, the largest county in the 10-county Division 14.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sinkhole closes I-26 exit at U.S. 25 connector

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Henderson County News

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Henderson County News

Kanuga roundabouts remain in NCDOT plans for South Gateway

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Although the Hendersonville City Council expressed a desire on Thursday to minimize roundabouts' impact, three proposed traffic circles remain alive for Kanuga Road and the Main-Church-King streets intersection.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | south gateway | roundabouts | Kanuga Road

Henderson County News

Local NCDOT engineer takes promotion to Asheville post

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Henderson County News

MILLS RIVER ENDORSES 5-LANE WIDENING OF 191

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Henderson County News

DOT stands by 4- or 5-lane widening of NC 191

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MILLS RIVER — State transportation engineers are standing by their recommendation for a four-lane widening of N.C. 191 through Mills River even as homeowners continue to voice strong opposition to the plans. But in a concession to homeowners who want left turns out of their neighborhoods and farmers who oppose bulb-out U-turns a four-lane divided road would require, the top NCDOT engineer for the region said planners are open to a five-lane unobstructed design through the the town.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | road construction | nimby nation | NC 191 widening

Henderson County News

NCDOT extends Balfour Parkway comment period

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Henderson County News

Newfangled interchange is best design for Four Seasons, engineers say

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Motorists cowering in fear at the prospect of roundabouts guarding access to the new Publix might want to gird themselves for the newest proposal for the I-26 interchange at Four Seasons Boulevard. The design would require drivers to turn British for a few hundred yards.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | transportation | I-26 | Four Seasons Boulevard | I-26 widening project

Henderson County News

Hearing on U.S. 64 development is postponed again

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Tags: NCDOT | transportation | nimby nation | U.S. 64 improvements

Flat Rock News

ROAD RAGE: Residents rise up against transportation improvements

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One moment in a lively public comment period last week crystallized the gulf between the group that vociferously opposes the Kanuga Road widening and the group that rallying for U.S. 64 improvements.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | road construction | roads | roundabouts | Kanuga Road | Highland Lake Road project | nimby nation | U.S. 64 improvements

Henderson County News

Opposition grows to Kanuga widening

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Opposition keeps growing to the Kanuga Road project, a $20 million widening from Church Street to Little River Road that residents describe as a "disaster" and a "government overkill" that will destroy the ambience of the tree-lined winding road. The question remains whether local leaders can do anything to stop it.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Kanuga Road

Henderson County News

NC 191 bridge work creates one-lane passage over French Broad

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Henderson County News

Highway budget advances local projects

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State transportation funding reforms have accelerated the Balfour Parkway from U.S. 64 East to N.C. 191, widening of N.C. 191 from Hendersonville to Mills River, a White Street improvement and upgrade of Highland Lake Road from Greenville Highway to Spartanburg, Rep. Chuck McGrady announced Thursday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Rain delays add week to Howard Gap closure

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Rain delays have caused the NCDOT to extend the closure of Howard Gap Road another week, until Aug. 9., as a contractor continues the $7.8 million widening project. The road closure began July 21.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Howard Gap segment closing for roadwork

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close Howard Gap Road from Clear Creek Road to Massey Road starting Monday for the widening project.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about newfangled interchange

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The Lightning's intrepid researcher answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

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Fletcher News

Road project will close part of Howard Gap

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FLETCHER — The N.C. DOT will close part of Howard Gap Road north of Patty's Chapel Road and Sweet Water Oats Road in Fletcher while crews install new drainage and regrade a section of the Howard Gap.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

State closing two area tag offices

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North Carolina License Plate Agency locations in Asheville and Canton are closing Friday when their contracts end. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is reviewing applications for new operators in both locales.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

NCDOT reopens I-40

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The NCDOT reopened I-40 Thursday evening after crews made repairs to prevent rockfalls.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

DOT to close I-40 for rockslide work

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close a portion of Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border on Thursday while crews eliminate potential rockfall hazards. NCDOT has been monitoring the area closely since Thursday after a rockfall was reported near mile marker 8 in Haywood County.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Workshops set for N.C. 280 greenway

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  MILLS RIVER — Bicycle riders and others interested in a bikeway along N.C. 280 in Mills River are invited to attend drop-in workshops this week.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | bicycling

Henderson County Business

DOT awards contract for Dana bridge repair

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DANA — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for improvements to the bridge over Saconon Creek on Stepp Mill Road in Henderson County. The project includes grading, drainage, paving, installing a retaining wall and retrofitting the existing structure, which was built in 1958.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mills River leaders oppose NC 280 median

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MILLS RIVER — When the DOT asked the Mills River Town Board what it thought about a N.C. 280 widening project with a concrete median, the board answered emphatically: No.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | road construction | roads

Henderson County News

DOT awards contract for casino bridge

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for construction of a bridge that will create access to a new casino in Cherokee County.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Cherokee Eastern Band | casinos | gambling

Henderson County News

Cargo spill slows I-40 west traffic

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The right lane of Interstate 40 westbound near Waynesville was closed until 3:30 p.m. Friday while crews cleaned up after a tractor trailer accident, the state DOT said.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Little River Road will reopen Friday, DOT says

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FLAT ROCK — The new bridge over Mud Creek is expected to open by Friday night, the DOT says, opening up the 4-mile length of heavily traveled Little River Road for the first time since March.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Patty's Chapel at Howard Gap to close for a week

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Patty’s Chapel Road at the intersection of Howard Gap Road in Fletcher starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, to grade and realign the intersection. The road is scheduled to reopen by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Jobs posse names Partner of the Year

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A congregation of contractors, factory managers and developers seldom comes to the conclusion that the state Department of Transportation is a friend to economic development.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Nathan Kennedy | Chip Gould | Andrew Tate

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about the bridges of Henderson County

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Q. When will they finish replacing the bridge on Little River Road?   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | bridges | Ask Matt | I-26

Henderson County News

Pipe work to close Howard Gap Road for a day

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Howard Gap Road from Nix Road to Old Holbert Road between Hendersonville and Fletcher from 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, to install a pipe culvert.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

UPDATE: DOT attacks the problem

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The hornet's nest in a Greenville Highway traffic signal will be coming down. The state Department of Transportation last week sprayed the nest with wasp killer and will come back, probably next week, to take it down, a traffic engineer said.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | bees | hornets | wasps

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Howard Gap

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Q. I heard that we are getting another roundabout. Where is that one going?   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Howard Gap | NCDOT | Ingles | transportation | Ask Matt | Howard Gap Road project

Henderson County News

I-26 lane closures at exit 49 start Sunday

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close lanes in both directions of Interstate 26 at Exit 49 (Hendersonville/Bat Cave/U.S. 64) for bridge maintenance and repairs from Sunday, Aug. 25, until the morning of Friday, Sept. 6, weather permitting.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Overnight work at I-26/I-40 starts Tuesday

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Overnight closures will take place starting Tuesday on Interstate 26 West at Exit 31B in Asheville as crews perform rehabilitation work on the bridge over I-40.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

More delays coming at 'Malfunction Junction'

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Contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin rehabilitation work on the bridge on Interstate 26 West at Exit 31B over I-40 at the I-26/I-40/I-240 junction in Asheville starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

DOT work to close Howard Gap Road for two days

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Howard Gap Road at Blooming Laurel Drive in Fletcher starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, to install a pipe culvert. The road is scheduled to reopen by 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Dedication set for pedestrian bridge, visitors center at DuPont

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DUPONT STATE FOREST — High-ranking North Carolina officials will be on hand for the dedication Monday of the new Hooker Falls pedestrian bridge and the new visitors center at DuPont State Recreational Forest.     Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | parks and recreation | DuPont State Forest | NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Mills River News

DOT to fix drainage after flooding on N.C. 191

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MILLS RIVER — State DOT engineers have responded quickly to a severe flooding situation that Mills River residents blamed on a nursing home construction site, a Mills River town councilman says.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | Mills River Town Board | land-use planning

Henderson County News

Roads closing for work on French Broad bridges

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MILLS RIVER — Two roads will be closed for about two months starting Monday for work on bridges that cross the French Broad River.     Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | road construction | transportation | Horse Shoe

Edneyville News

Apple Valley Road closed for bridge replacement

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Apple Valley Road northeast of Hendersonville at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, to replace the bridge over Clear Creek. The road will be closed until Sept. 15.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

DOT awards contracts to repair I-26 bridges

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded $2.75 million in contracts for bridge repairs in Henderson, Polk and Haywood counties.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Litter Sweep offers prize for 'unusual trash'

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Litter Sweep, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) annual statewide roadside litter cleanup event, is an opportunity for local government agencies, community leaders, civic and community organizations, businesses, churches, schools, families and individual citizens to demonstrate support for a clean Henderson County and a cleaner North Carolina.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Strip center tenants praise DOT design change

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State DOT engineers offered a compromise today to provide left-turn access into a retail strip center near the intersection of Spartanburg Highway and Upward Road, although the engineers warned that the concession will end up causing   congestion at the busy intersection just to the east.     Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | NCDOT

Hendersonville News

New connector could clear way for Seventh Avenue shopping center

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Developers want the state DOT to approve a connector between Seventh Avenue East and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard so they can put a grocery store and one or more restaurants on the property that now contains two closed businesses.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | NCDOT

Henderson County Business

DOT 'compromise' gets lukewarm reception

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DOT engineers offered a compromise design that could help retailers along Spartanburg Highway near Upward Road but Henderson County commissioners sounded less than placated.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | NCDOT | road construction | Spartanburg Highway | Upward Road widening