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May 19, 2019

Lane Extension to Help I-26 Drivers

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.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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