A small project is designed to make a big difference.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin expanding the merge lane from Interstate 40 East to I-26 East on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
A 1,000-foot extension — to be completed by Thanksgiving — will allow eastbound drivers extra time and space to merge on to I-26, and reduce congestion heading to Brevard Road and beyond.
NHM Constructors of Asheville will install a barrier along the right shoulder in order to complete the $992,000 safety project. Drivers may see a visual difference when merging onto I-26, and all construction requiring a lane closure will be performed during off-peak hours.
Transportation officials remind motorists to stay alert, obey all posted signs, and to drive with caution through work zones.