The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina

Site of a sharp (3 degree) curve south of Buckner Gap. I-26 will be climbing up toward Buckner Gap on a 6 percent grade at this location. The cleared ridgeline in the center of the photo will be the site of a truck escape ramp running up the ridge, providing truckers with a safe alternative to the curve if they have lost control of their vehicles. Some of the minor cut slopes have been completed and seeded to prevent erosion, while fill operations are beginning just in front of the cleared ridge. The haul road runs just to the left of the hill in the foreground back toward Buckner Gap.

 John Lansford
20 May 1998