A reader asks why Buncombe County in Buncombe wasn’t repaved when a similar project was ongoing in Henderson County. Wochit
Part of I-26 in Henderson County were recently resurfaced, but those in Buncombe were not. Buncombe County’s portion of I-26 has a major widening project looming, and the resurfacing will be done then.(Photo: Citizen-Times file photo)
Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:
Question: I’m sure you’ve noticed the great new paving on I-26, running westbound from Hendersonville to the airport exit. My question is, why did it stop right at the Buncombe County line? The stretch from the airport to the Brevard Road exit is in terrible shape. What gives?
My answer: Asphalt paving machines have an allergic reaction to entering Buncombe County, as they know they’re unwanted and spawn protests.
Real answer: The answer has a few facets to it, as explained by Mark Gibbs, division maintenance engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Asheville