From today’s Times-News:
Work officially begins next week in Buncombe County with crews putting up signs and installing barriers along the shoulder. Construction is slated to start in October and conclude in 2024. . .
The speed limit will be enforced at 55 mph through the work zone, even when workers are not present. Traffic will continue to use two lanes during the daytime hours, with occasional lane closures at night.
Starting in October, eastbound lanes from the French Broad River to Long Shoals Road in Buncombe County will be narrowed to 11 feet to allow for the shoulder barrier and the start of widening the road to four lanes.
Once widened, both eastbound and westbound traffic will share two lanes each on the eastbound road while crews construct the westbound lanes. Traffic will shift to the westbound lane once completed for crews to work on the eastbound lane.
Towing contracts have been awarded to allow for quick removal of vehicles to reduce congestion 24/7. . .