The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina

This is the contractor's rock crushing and sorting machine, a 42 inch by 48 inch Pioneer Jaw Crusher. It is set up on the north face of Buckner Gap adjacent to Waste Site #2. The machine takes in rock blasted out of the cuts, crushes it to a desired diameter, and then sorts it according to the size needed. You can see the piles of different sized rock behind the machine and to the right of it. Over 600,000 tons of stone has been crushed to date by this machine. The machine is set up on the future road location, which curves around the mountain to the left and down toward Bear Branch Road.

Way off in the background can be seen some clearing begun on the second of the large earthmoving projects, A-10D.

 John Lansford
10 Apr 99