The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina

Reconstructed trout stream. Bear Branch was designated a trout stream tributary, and the construction of the Bear Branch interchange was going to require moving about 400' of it. NCDOT got the assistance of stream design experts in rebuilding this portion of Bear Branch. Note the meanders and pools in the stream, as well as the "rootwads" in the bends of the channel. Despite two culverts downstream of this relocation, trout have already been found in this portion of the stream. This winter, plantings of trees and shrubs will be added to the stream to provide natural cover for animals and fish as well.
 John Lansford
8 Dec 97