I have a question about the future... the future of Interstate 26. I'm new to town and ride the road every day. In fact, when I moved to Asheville I picked up I - 26 off I - 81 up near Johnson City, Tennessee to head into town. Up over the mountain there, on the state line, is one of the most breathtaking stretches of interstate I've ever seen, and I've travelled 47 of the 50 states. My question is: since the road most certainly exists, (I've travelled 26 down to Columbia as well) why do signs still read "future" ? It doesn't bother me in the least, I'm just curious. I'm guessing one of two possible answers. One, there might be a proposed modification to I - 26 where traffic (headed eastbound for instance, which by my internal compass is actually south) pours onto I - 240 just due west of Asheville to continue onward toward Hendersonville and South Carolina. If this is an eventual modification pending, and someone is kind enough to enlighten me, by all means do so... drop me a line. I need and want to learn the ins and outs of the region from people who know and care. It's going to take some time, bear with me. I digress. The other notion I have as to why "future" signs remain on a roadway that most certainly exists in all its scenic glory is that no one ever took the "future" signs down. If that's the case, I want one ! I'd love a reflective highway sign that simply says "future" to hang over my toolbox in my workshop. I just think that would be cool... a sign that simply says "future". I collect license plates from all the states where I've lived and they hang with my tools now. I'm up to 7 states., quite a collection. I love what can best be described as road - art. Interstate signs of legendary roads, or roads I've travelled. They are hard to come by in antique shops, but can be found. Old Coca Cola signs, or Texaco Stars from an era gone by are also really cool. I guess in many ways I wish I lived in a simpler time and that is why these sorts of artifacts appeal to me. As far as the "future" of I - 26 however, please enlighten me. To a new observer who travels the road everyday, it looks as though the future is now.