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October 19, 2017

Public Comments Sought for New I-26 Interchange

The N.C. Department of Transportation will be seeking public opinion regarding a proposed new interchange between Interstate 26 and U.S. 74.

The project will provide direct connections from I-26 west to U.S. 74 east and from U.S. 74 west to I-26 east. Nearly all work on this project will be completed within existing right of way. The NCDOT is working to complete construction of the interchange improvements prior to the FEI World Equestrian Games being held nearby at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in September 2018.

Transportation officials will hold a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the Polk Center Auditorium of the Isothermal Community College to begin a month-long period of collecting comments. The meeting at 1255 West Mills Street in Columbus will allow transportation officials to provide information, answer questions and collect comments regarding this project. The public may attend at any time as there will be no scheduled presentation.

An opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting and also may be sent by mail no later than May 25. Contact Kenneth McDowell, Project Engineer, at NCDOT Highway Division 14, 253 Webster Road, Sylva, N.C. 28770 or (828) 586-2141 or kjmcdowell@ncdot.gov for more information.

Information and materials can be viewed as they become available at www.NCDOT.gov/projects/public meetings

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in the meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jamille Robbins, Human Environment Section at jarobbins@ncdot.gov or at (919) 707-6085 as easy as possible to make arrangements.

NCDOT will provide interpretive services upon request for people who do not speak English or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English. Please request services prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

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