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Shared by Foothills RPO–Nightly I-26 West Closures Start Sunday in Henderson County

Sections closed as part of I-26 Widening project

HENDERSONVILLE – Sections of Interstate 26 West in Henderson County will be closed nightly from Sunday through Thursday nights for construction activities.

Drivers will be detoured onto routes where traffic signals will be modified to handle increased traffic. Closures will start no earlier than 8 p.m. and all lanes will reopen by 6 a.m.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will perform a variety of tasks including shifting safety barrier, milling existing asphalt, placing new asphalt and painting bridges.

The nightly closures and detours are as follows:
•    Sunday and Monday nights: I-26 West will be closed from U.S. 25 Business (Exit 44) to Airport Road (Exit 40). Traffic will take Exit 44 and follow U.S. 25 Business (Hendersonville Road) to N.C. 280 (Airport Road) and return to I-26.
•    Tuesday and Wednesday nights: I-26 West will be closed from U.S 64 (Exit 49) to Airport Road (Exit 40). Traffic will take Exit 49B and follow U.S. 64 West to U.S. 25 North (Asheville Highway/Hendersonville Road) to N.C. 280 (Airport Road) and return to I-26.
•    Thursday night: I-26 West will be closed from U.S. 64 (Exit 49) to Long Shoals Road (Exit 37). Traffic will take Exit 49B and follow U.S. 64 West to U.S. 25 North (Asheville Highway/Hendersonville Road) to N.C. 141 (Long Shoals Road) and return to I-26.

These plans are weather dependent and subject to change. Transportation officials advise drivers to obey all posted traffic signs and remain alert in work zones. 

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Shared by Foothills RPO–Lane Closure Starting on Green River Bridges

Drivers urged to merge early, obey posted signs

HENDERSONVILLE – A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will start a continuous lane closure Sunday night on Interstate 26 over the Green River Bridges.

Crews from Flatiron Construction will begin by closing one westbound lane near mile marker 56 in Henderson County for three nights before closing one eastbound lane starting Wednesday morning near mile marker 54.

All lanes should be open by 7 a.m. Thursday. These closures are necessary for crews to pave shoulders approaching the bridges, which allows for a future traffic shift.

This activity is part of $26.9 million contract to improve grading on the approaches, replace the existing decks and widen both bridges at this location to accommodate three lanes in the future. The contract calls for completion by Dec. 12, 2024.

A 90-second animated video rendering of the construction sequence is available online. The process includes building new lanes between the two bridges, removing old concrete and building a new deck in one direction, then repeating the process in the other direction.

Drivers are urged to merge early, remain alert and obey all posted signs in the construction area. 

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

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Shared by FRPO–Depression Under I-26 East Causes Detour by U.S. 25

Drivers to take four-mile detour to rejoin I-26

FLAT ROCK – A depression under Interstate 26 East near Exit 54 has both lanes closed at U.S. 25 south in Henderson County. N.C. Department of Transportation engineers are assessing the damage and will perform a video examination of utilities under the road. The lanes will reopen once repairs have been completed and inspected for safety.  Transportation officials have established a temporary four-mile detour for I-26 East traffic. Drivers are to take Exit 54 (U.S. 25 South) to Exit 7 (U.S. 176), cross the highway, then head back on U.S. 25 North to rejoin I-26.  As a reminder, state law prohibits commercial truck traffic on the curvy U.S. 176.  Transportation officials remind drivers to slow down and obey all posted signs.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.