The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina

Higgins Branch Road structures under construction. Two separate bridges are being constructed here, on two different alignments. Ahead of the bridges the median tapers down to only 22' in width, while on the photographer's side of the bridges the median is a standard 46' width. Higgins Branch Road will also funnel two other roads underneath I-26; these roads are SR 1609 leading into Mars Hill and Jarvis Road, which is a dead end road serving a mountain valley. Relocating these two roads to Higgins Branch Road eliminated two expensive structure locations; the crossing at Jarvis Road would have been over 90' in height.

 John Lansford
20 May 1998