Construction will begin soon on a major Interstate 26 project to reduce traffic congestion and improve travel in Buncombe and Henderson counties. The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a contract to widen Interstate 26 from Brevard Road to the Henderson County line near Airport Road. . . This portion of the I-26 widening project will expand the interstate from four lanes to eight lanes — four in each direction — from Brevard Road to the Henderson County line, doubling the capacity of the interstate. . .
At least two lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction during the day. Crews will first pave shoulders and medians, then shift traffic to those areas as they work on the widening, so that two lanes remain open.
The project should be completed in the spring of 2024. . .