ASHEVILLE – Sections of Interstate 26 in southern Buncombe County will be closed several nights this week with traffic detouring to roads with longer green lights, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said in a Feb. 14 news release.
Contractors for NCDOT closed I-26 East from Long Shoals Road (Exit 37) to Airport Road (Exit 40) on Monday night. Next, crews will close the I-26 West stretch from Airport Road (Exit 40) to Long Shoals Road (Exit 37) Tuesday through Thursday nights.
Crews will utilize the closures to repair sections of asphalt, move safety barrier walls and safely conduct additional construction activities, NCDOT said.
On Tuesday through Thursday nights starting around 8 p.m., traffic will be directed to a detour diverting east on Airport Road (N.C. 280) then north on Hendersonville Road to Long Shoals Road where drivers can rejoin I-26 West.
Traffic signals will remain green longer on these routes to allow for movement of additional traffic. The interstate should reopen by 6 a.m. each of the following mornings.
Transportation officials advise drivers to plan ahead for the detour, remain alert at all times and obey all posted traffic signs.
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