DOT holds public meeting about I-26 expansion

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On Monday, the North Carolina DOT will hold a public meeting on the proposed widening of I-26.

"Right of way acquisition could stay as soon as this year and we hope to have the contract go out next year. We're looking at an approximate cost of 466 million dollars," said David Uchiyama, an NC DOT public relations officer.

A massive construction project is in the works for one of the busiest interstates in the area.This project is planned to cover the stretch between Highway 25-south of Hendersonville and the I-26, I-40 and I-240 interchange in Asheville.

The meeting is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Biltmore Church's Arden campus.

The DOT will provide updates on design, work schedule and information on the Highways 25 and 64 interchanges in Hendersonville.

A lot of proposed changes are coming to a stretch of I-26, and a lot of people are coming through to learn what they are.

A six-eight lane hybrid design was chosen to minimize the impact in the area.

I-26 from U.S.-25 just south of Hendersonville to Asheville Highway will be widened to six lanes. The rest of the project will be widened to eight lanes.

We're told the purpose of the project is to help reduce congestion.

The DOT is also proposing some new interchange designs.

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