For over a year, the North Carolina Department of Transportation worked on weekends and at night to restore and clean Beaucatcher Tunnel in Asheville - one of the state's most treasured landmarks. The $1.5 million renovation including the installation of beautiful new rock faces at both entrances, coating the interior with a graffiti-proof coating and stopping water leaks inside the tunnel
In addition, the Department made the tunnel safer for pedestrians by replacing fences with concrete barriers and constructing sidewalks. Started in 1927 and completed in 1929, the tunnel serves as a major link to downtown Asheville as part of U.S. 70/74 and I-240. With the renovation, more travelers can enjoy the natural beauty of this facility.