I-40 Interchange and Improvements
Project # I - 4759
Type: Interchange and Improvements
Affected Counties: Buncombe
Estimated Cost: $39,300,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to build an interchange at I-40 and Liberty Road in Candler, North Carolina. This interchange will convert the current grade separation to an interchange and as well as offer a two-lane roadway north of I-40 to Monte Vista Road (SR 1224), and a four lane roadway south of I-40 to US 19/US 23/NC 151.
I-40 has served as an east-west roadway to Asheville for Buncombe locals. But the poor traffic flow is inconvenient, slow, and the route is circuitous for both local traffic and for emergency vehicles.
The NCDOT emphasizes that U.S. 19/23, in particular, is an issue because all long-distance travelers must travel some distance in order to reach the interstate. They maintain that an interchange will help improve these issues and add to road safety as well as convenience.
Proposed work includes converting the existing Liberty Road overpass into a partial cloverleaf interchange with ramps in the southeast and northwest portions of the interchange:
- The southeast portion would include on- and off-ramps for eastbound I-40.
- The northwest portion would include the on- and off-ramps for westbound I-40.
In addition, Liberty Road between the Smokey Park Highway/Dogwood Road/N.C. 151 intersection and Monte Vista Road would be realigned with two lanes north of I-40 and four lanes south of I-40.
NCDOT hopes that this project will give travelers easier access to I-40, improve network connectivity in western Buncombe County, and reduce travel times and congestion in the area.
Citizen-Times: Buncombe’s bottlenecks: Projects in motion to ease traffic
Booming Buncombe: How new construction may impact your neighborhood
Mountain Xpress: How interstate highways changed the face of WNC
- Right-of-way acquisition - 2018
- Start Construction - 2020
- End construction - 2023
It is estimated that more than 35 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $13,800,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (two of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.