The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina
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This aerial photo was taken in February 2000 by NCDOT's Photogrammetry Unit. It shows the huge rock cuts at Area #2 and Area #3 (Buckner Gap), both which are over 200' deep at this time. The small box like objects are the big 150 and 200 ton trucks used to haul material from these cuts to the embankment sites further south. Notice the large fill between the cuts; it has been covered with soil to conceal the rock used to build it, and allow vegetation to get a head start on growing along the slope. Eventually trees will be planted on the slope to reforest it and help replace the trees removed during construction.



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John Lansford
18 March 2000