Traffic patterns for the Asheville area are improving as a result of the first-ever 1 million cars crossing Interstate 4 on Sunday, according to the State Highway Patrol.
The traffic pattern will likely continue as cars pass the peak of the summer and fall seasons, said Sgt. Scott Boles, a patrol spokesman.
Boles said there will be a few extra lanes in the center of the road to keep people from coming up and trying to get into the city.
The first wave of cars to cross the highway will be heading north on I-4, but the next wave will be headed south, Boles noted.
The northbound lanes will remain closed for the duration of the pattern, while the southbound lanes and a few of the northbound southbound south lanes will be open for traffic.
Boles said the pattern will be similar to one that took place earlier this month, when more than 2,000 cars passed through at a time.
He said it’s possible the next round of traffic will be slower.
The pattern was first observed in May, when the state passed a law to speed up traffic for people who can’t get into Asheville on time.
It was the first time a month-long pattern was observed.
On Monday, traffic patterns were similar to what was observed last week.
About 4,200 cars passed at a rate of 2.3 per minute, according the patrol.
That was the second-lowest number of vehicles that passed in the last three days.
The latest traffic pattern is similar to a similar traffic pattern that took effect in April.
At that time, about 1,300 vehicles passed in a time of 2 minutes and 35 seconds.