The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina


This is the southern most escape ramp under construction. It will be located across the interstate from the scenic overlook and will be over 1000' long. In this photo can be seen some of the construction equipment bringing the embankment up to the finished grade. When complete the escape ramp will be about 12' higher than the interstate because it is on a flatter grade than the 6% the interstate is on. The escape bed will be made of 3' of pea gravel to stop runaway trucks, and each escape ramp will have a hazardous waste basin to catch any fluids spilled from trucks that use it. Photo taken in April 2001.



John Lansford
28 April 2001