Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Tue, 03/29/2011 - 6:36am.

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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