Client
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
Location
Asheville, NC, U.S.

NCDOT I-26 Exit 40 to I-40 Interstate Expansion Project

A Fluor-led joint venture with United Infrastructure Group, Inc. was selected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to widen and improve a 7.5-mile stretch of I-26 from Exit 40 to the Brevard Road interchange in Asheville, North Carolina.


Client's Challenge

This project will help alleviate traffic congestion and improve the safety and operational efficiency of this vital stretch of interstate heading in and out of Asheville and eventually intersecting with I-40. According to NCDOT, the stretch of I-26 currently carries more than 58,000 vehicles per day.


Fluor's Solution

The project will begin at Exit 40 (NC 280/Airport Road) on I-26 in Henderson County and stretch 7.49 miles to the Brevard Road interchange in Buncombe County. The project will widen I-26 from two lanes to four lanes in each direction through two interchanges at NC 280/Airport Road and NC 146/Long Shoals Road. Seven new bridges will be constructed, including two over Glenn Bridge Road, two over Biltmore Farms Road, two over the French Broad River and one precast segmental bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway over I-26.

This is the first project win for Fluor Heavy Civil outside of Texas, a regional platform launched in 2017 to further develop Fluor’s self-perform construction capabilities and support the growing demand for infrastructure development and investment.


Conclusion

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019. Completion is scheduled for the spring of 2024.