DWAC was forced to make a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to get copies of the visuals NCDOT prepared for the public last summer so the people of Asheville can see what the 4B Alternative looks like and how it fits into the surrounding Cityscape. Here's a few examples of the work we’ve received along with explanatory comments based on comparing these visuals to the documents NCDOT produced indicating the heights of the highway structures at various points.
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Figure 1. Riverside Drive looking north at the three new highway structures. This photo makes the new highways look like they are little more than one industrial story tall. In reality, the highways you see will be towering 100 feet over the French Broad River. That’s akin to the height of a 9 story office building.
Figure 2. Riverside Drive looking south under the I-26 “elevated tunnel.” This elevated highway will create a tunnel effect on Riverside Drive from Broadway all the way south to the current Salvage Station location. That thriving business will be replaced with the tall pole in the middle of the grassy field. This is why DWAC calls 4B the I-26 Dis-Connector – it creates a no man’s land that cuts the public off from access to the river and the proposed new greenway.
Figure 3. NCDOT seems to have a problem with visual “perspective” if this illustration is any example. This new I-240 fly-over is supposed to be 80 feet taller than shown in this image that has the highway dead-ending right into a small hillside. In actuality, the three new highways that will span a full 16 to 20 lanes across will be towering above the Emma Street neighborhood.
Figure 4. Nothing says historical Riverside Cemetery like this towering wall rising above it topped with highway structures (that’s why you see the light poles)! NCDOT tells us this is the only way to preserve the cemetery.
If you would like to see all the 360 visuals provided by NCDOT, please go to http://aecomviz.com/i-26-asheville/