Asheville street resurfacing projects begin

French Broad Paving
French Broad Paving Inc. of Marshall, N.C.

French Broad Paving Inc. of Marshall, N.C., was awarded the contract for this year’s City resurfacing projects.


The resurfacing schedule for 12 Asheville streets has been nailed down (though it could change due to weather and other factors). City Council approved this year’s paving contracts at its May 23 meeting and the work is slated to begin during the week of June 19.


The work will be done June through Dec.1, weather permitting.


The first streets to be repaved are Michigan Avenue, Old Haw Creek Road and South Wood Alley. Work is expected to begin in the middle or later in the week. This work will begin as stormwater infrastructure replacements, utility adjustments and concrete work.


As with all road work, expect temporary lane closures and sometimes detours. Use your smartphone or computer to access the Waze app for official Asheville street and lane closures information. This stems from a civic partnership the City of Asheville entered into with Waze in 2016.


How are streets chosen? Among other criteria such as maintenance records and average daily traffic, they get a grade, said Public Works Director Greg Shuler. Much like scores for school grades, streets are rated between 0 to 100.  Roads are selected for resurfacing based on their pavement condition rating, or PCR. The average for Asheville’s streets is a 52, so “you can see we have a lot of work to do,” said Shuler.


The contract for this year’s resurfacing projects was awarded to a Western North Carolina firm, French Broad Paving, Inc., of Marshall, N.C., for $1.5 million.


Here are the streets targeted for resurfacing this year:

  • College Street from Tunnel Road to Vance Gap Road
  • North French Broad Avenue from Patton Avenue to Haywood Street
  • Old Haw Creek Road from Bethesda Road to its dead end
  • Edgewood Road from Merrimon to Kimberly avenues
  • T. Weaver Boulevard from Barnard Avenue to Broadway Street
  • Glen Falls Road from Lakeshore to Alclare Drives
  • Edgewood Road from Barnard Avenue to Hyannis Drive
  • Michigan Avenue from Waynesville Avenue to State Street
  • Bear Creek Road from Patton Avenue to Sand Hill Road
  • Langwell Avenue from Grinnell Street to Grinnell Street
  • Wood Alley North from Future Drive to its dead end
  • Wood Alley South from Future Drive to the end of City maintenance


Click this document for maps of the streets to be resurfaced: Asheville resurfacing locator map 2017.


Where does the money come from for road resurfacing? It is set aside from the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.