- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2016

ARDEN, N.C. (AP) - Many residents who went to a public hearing on widening Interstate 26 south of Asheville say the project needs to start as soon as possible.

Currently, the North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to widen about 13 miles of the highway from the junction with Interstate 40 to the U.S. Highway 25 exit near Hendersonville to eight lanes starting in 2020.

But resident who find themselves stuck in traffic in the rapidly growing area say that will take too long.

The DOT is still considering whether to widen 10 more miles of I-26 further south, but money has not been set aside.

The entire project would cost more than $450 million.

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