Interstate 40 West - Buncombe County

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Interstate 40 West
Traveling in the shadow of Little Cedar Mountain of the Swannanoa Mountains along Interstate 40 west after Exit 55. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Entering the city limits of Asheville at the Blue Ridge Parkway over crossing. Motorists bound for the NPS-maintained route should use U.S. 74 Alternate (Charlotte Highway) east from Exit 53A. Photo taken 05/31/07.
While already in the municipal boundary of Asheville, downtown still remains seven miles to the west via Interstate 240. Knoxville, Tennessee appears at 123 miles to the west. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 240 begins at the next interchange (Exits 53A/B) with U.S. 74 Alternate (Charlotte Highway). U.S. 74 Alternate travels northwest from Bat Cave and Reynolds to form the westbound start of Interstate 240 at Interstate 40. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interests to Interstate 26 west (north) to Johnson City and Kingsport, Tennessee should follow Interstate 240 west to Exit 4A. Exit 53B also serves interests to UNC Asheville (via I-26), Mars Hill College (via I-26) and the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 74 Alternate splits with Interstate 240 for Fairview Road nearby and parallels the route to downtown. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Entering the directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 240 & U.S 74 Alternate. U.S. 74 Alternate leads southeast from the city to Fairview, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, and Rutherfordton. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Exit 53B leaves Interstate 40 west for Interstate 240 & U.S. 74 Alternate. Both routes travel from Haw Creek and Oakley to Beautcatcher Mountain before entering the central business district. Photo taken 05/31/07.
The second of five Asheville city interchanges along Interstate 40 is the Exit 51 interchange with U.S. 25 Alternate (Sweeten Creek Road). U.S. 25A parallels U.S. 25 (Hendersonville Road) to the east between Royal Pines (pop. 5,334), Biltmore Forest (pop. 1,440), and southern sections of Asheville (pop. 68,889). Photo taken 08/23/03.
Interstate 40 westbound at the Exit 50B ramp for U.S. 25 northbound (Hendersonville Road). The north-south highway transitions into McDowell Street at Biltmore Avenue, eventually becoming Southside Avenue en route to the central business district of the city. Photo taken 08/23/03.
The exchange between Interstate 40 and U.S. 25 consists of a three quarter cloverleaf interchange. Displayed here is the Exit 50A loop ramp departure for U.S. 25 south. Hendersonville Road travels a short distance to Biltmore Forest and other suburbs in southern Buncombe County. Photo taken 08/23/03.
An uninterrupted stretch opens along I-40 between U.S. 25 and NC 191 (Brevard Road) south of the French Broad River. Photo taken 08/23/03.
One mile ahead of the interchange complex with I-26, U.S. 74 and NC 191 on I-40 west. The close placement of I-26 and NC 191 results in a Breezewood connection for I-26 west and I-240 east into Asheville via Brevard Road. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Entering the folded diamond interchange (Exit 47) with Brevard Road. A forthcoming left side off-ramp departs for I-26/U.S. 74 east to Hendersonville, located 18 miles to the south. Photo taken 08/23/03.
$42.9-million in construction expanded I-40/U.S. 74 to eight overall lanes from I-26 & 240 to U.S. 19/23 at Mars Hill by May 2008. The work consisted of a design-build project, where the same contractor handled both aspects of the construction.1 Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 40 sees the second of two West Asheville exits with U.S. 19/23 (Patton Avenue) at Exit 44. The surface boulevard travels through the Asheville communities of Enka, Sulphur Springs, and Boswell to the northeast. Photo taken 12/31/13.
U.S. 19/23 interact with Interstate 40 again at Exit 37 and indirectly at Exit 27. Situated along the east-west roadway are Hominy and Candler (via NC 151) between Exits 44 and 37. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Westbound I-40/U.S. 74 at the parclo interchange (Exit 44) with U.S. 19/23 (Patton Avenue). The freeway passes over an adjacent railroad line alongside U.S. 19/23 at the community of Acton. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A second lane drop occurs as I-40/U.S. 74 advance west from Exit 37. Truck U.S. 64 continues west along the freeway to Exit 27 and the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. Photo taken 12/31/13.
I-40/U.S. 74 wind west 14 miles to Holland Mountain and the city of Canton while Knoxville, Tennessee is 108 miles away. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A westbound side weigh station lies one mile ahead along I-40 near Justice Ridge and Candler Heights. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Dogwood Road (SR 1220) crosses over I-40 just east of the weigh station. Photo taken 12/31/13.
The last Buncombe County interchange along I-40/U.S. 74 serves East Canton via U.S. 19/23 (Smoky Park Highway). Photo taken 12/31/13.
A diamond interchange (Exit 37) joins I-40/U.S. 74 with Wiggins Road (SR 1200) in one half mile. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Wiggins Road (SR 1200) forms a loop at Coburn north from Old U.S. 19/23 to U.S. 19/23 west of Exit 37. SR 1200 intersects U.S. 19/23 just south of I-40 as well. Photo taken 12/31/13.

  1. "I-40 widening project to start in next few weeks." Asheville-Times, October 6, 2005.

Photo Credits:

  • 08/23/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 05/31/07 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 12/31/13 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Page Updated 10-14-2015.