I-26 Connector to Cut Through West Asheville


Although local DOT officials have been encouraging, the Asheville Design Center's alternative plan STILL HAS NOT YET BEEN ADDED to DOT's "Draft Environmental Impact Statement -- and time is running out.

DOT Has Not Included Design Center's Award-Winning I-26 Connector Plan, Oct. 17 Deadline Approaches, Citizen Support Needed
Public Encouraged by Asheville Design Center to Contact DOT by the Oct. 17 Deadline in Support of Alternative Plan that DOT Continues to Ignore
*JOE MINICOZZI of Asheville Design Center Spoke on Fri., Oct. 10, about the Center's Griffin Award-Winning Design for Asheville's I-26 Connector, which STILL HAS NOT YET BEEN ADDED to DOT's 'Draft Environmental Impact Statement' | On Fri., Oct. 10, 2008, at BoBo Gallery, as part of the Green Drinks series, featured speaker Joe Minicozzi, chair of Asheville Design Center, encouraged citizens to contact the NC Dept. of Transportation (DOT) about the Center's alternative interchange plan involving Patton Ave. and West Asheville. The Design Center offers a practical, citizen friendly, grassroots approach to community design problems. BACKGROUND: On May 20, 2008, The Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County presented its annual Griffin awards for local preservation efforts. Noteworthy was a special "stewardship" award presented for outstanding design work on an alternative I-26/I-40 connector that would conserve the fabric of Downtown Asheville, as well as use considerably less acreage, far less asphalt, half the number of bridges needed, and convert the Patton Avenue bridge for local use only. | For more info about the weekly Green Drinks series, Click Here> | For more info about the Design Center, Click Here> | For NC DOT website, Click Here>

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