The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina

Panoramic shot of the I-26 construction south of Buckner Gap. The cut in the center of the photo is the smallest of the "major" cuts along the project; it is approximately 220' deep (about the size of the Beaucatcher Mountain cut on I-240 in Asheville, NC. The cleared open area to the right of the photo is the future site of a welcome center for travelers coming into North Carolina from Tennessee. Down where the smoke is located (lower right corner) will be a large rock buttress designed to support the interstate on substandard soil conditions. Faintly visible in the background are the ridges of the Black Mountains north and east of Asheville, NC.

 John Lansford
20 May 1998