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Groups get update on Asheville I-26 Connector

Groups that will be impacted by the Interstate 26 Connector project got an update from the city's project consultant team Thursday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Groups that will be impacted by the Interstate 26 Connector project got an update from the city's project consultant team Thursday.

Asheville hired a consultant to work with the DOT on final plans for the project. The meetings were held with the city, DOT and representatives from neighborhoods that will be most impacted.

The goal is to get a project everyone will be satisfied with.

"We want a project that will serve the DOT's purpose, to move traffic, but we also want it to fit into our urban fabric, to make it look more like an urban street, rather than just this big interstate that you might see out in farming country," Asheville transportation director Ken Putnam said.

The next step for the project is an environmental impact statement, which should be completed by next year.

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