1403b664-7bfc-4d59-aff9-30414f827615-004(Black Mountain News) Plans that will impact the flow of traffic in the Swannanoa Valley and beyond were unveiled to the public on Dec. 13.

N.C. Department of Transportation officials presented three designs that would convert the existing grade separation where I-40 passes over Blue Ridge Road to an interchange. The project, which will also include the construction of a roundabout where Blue Ridge Road and N.C. 9 meet, is intended to increase connectivity in the region.

Construction on the project, identified by the DOT as State Transportation Improvement Plan I-4409, is set to begin in 2021. Right-of-way acquisitions, which will impact several property owners within the footprint of the project, are set to begin in the 2019 fiscal year.

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