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Asheville highway dropped from NC DOT plans

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP)-- Funding for a by-pass that was planned to
give motorists a safer route through Asheville has been dropped
from the North Carolina Department of Transportation's 10-year
plan.

Former Asheville mayor Louis Bisette tells the Asheville
Citizen-Times he is "extremely disappointed" to learn that the
$556 million highway project has been dropped from the
transportation plan. The state already has spent $14 million to buy
land for the Asheville Connector.

That project was intended to expand what is considered an old
and dangerous section of Interstate 240 and create a new French
Broad River crossing west of Asheville.

Bisette was chairman of a committee that worked to get public
agreement on the plan since an urban loop was first proposed for
Asheville two decades ago.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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