Work Underway for Roadside Beautification Projects in the Asheville Area Friday, January 11, 2013

RALEIGH Motorists who travel around the Asheville area will soon see several projects under way to improve the roadside appearance along I-240, I-26 and I-40.

Work starts this week on the next of several N.C. Department of Transportation highway beautification projects similar to what is already underway in the median of I-240 between Chunn’s Cove Road and the I-40/US 74A interchange.

The project just getting started covers I-240 from east of the French Broad River to east of the Town Mountain Road overpass. A contract for the work was awarded to Landmark Landscapes Inc. of Arden.

Upcoming improvement project locations include the Gateway interchanges of:

  • I-40 and Hendersonville Road (Exit 50), the main entrance to Biltmore Estate/Village;
  • I-240 and I-40/I-26 (Exit 46);
  • I-240 and I-40/U.S. 74A (Exit 53); and
  • I-26/Long Shoals Road (Exit 37).

The work involves renovating and enhancing landscapes within interchange quadrants and along roadway shoulders and medians. The landscape designs incorporate flowering trees and shrubs, evergreens, perennials and ornamental grasses.  The plantings will include native plants such as Dogwoods, Redbuds, Sourwoods, Winterberry, Rhododendron, Switchgrass, Indian Grass, River Oats, Carex and Little Bluestem, as well as Arborvitae, Spruce, Holly, Rose, Iris, Sedum and other ornamental landscape plants.

These projects are the continuation of a regional highway beautification program, which already has seen landscape improvements in several locations, including interchanges at:

  • I-240/Amboy/Brevard Roads (Exit 1);
  • Exit 23 of I-26 in Woodfin;
  • Exits three and nine on I-26 in Madison County;
  • I-40 at N.C. 226 (Exit 86) in McDowell County; and
  • U.S. 74 in Rutherford County at Old Caroleen Road.

The economic impact of the highway beautification program is important in areas with a significant tourism industry such as Western North Carolina. The program is financed primarily with federal highway funds dedicated to highway beautification. 


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