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May 25, 2020

NCDOT Awards I-26 Contract

Some humps and bumps on Interstate 26 in Henderson County are about to wave goodbye.

A $12.5 million contract for improvements on I-26 was awarded to Harrison Construction Company of Knoxville, Tenn., to improve a 10-mile stretch of the interstate in Henderson County.

“The project is to essentially repair some faulting concrete slabs and to resurface the interstate,” said Division 14 construction engineer Brian Burch. “It’s a necessary project to keep the road in good condition until the Transportation Improvement Program project for I-4400 is begins in about four years.”

There will be some lane and speed restrictions in the construction area during daytime hours through the week and more in the evenings. However, traffic should be open on holidays and weekends. Construction is expected to begin in April and last until October 2017.

“We hope to keep the impact to traffic as minimal as possible,” Burch said. “They’ll be going out to some of the slabs that are bouncing up and down and they’ll do some injection molding to stabilize them then come back with an ultra-thin asphalt covering.”

Drivers along this route are urged to use caution and slow down through the work zone for their safety as well as the safety of passengers, those headed in the opposite direction as well as construction crews close to the roadway.

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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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