Asheville streets drying out, Public Works monitoring for potential icy spots

    The snow that blew through Asheville this morning left wind in its wake, and that is drying out streets quickly.   “We have been all around the city all morning and have found very few to no issues,” said City Streets Manager Chad Bandy. “We will continue to have trucks ready to address spots as they are [...]

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City of Asheville is prepared for road impacts from overnight wintry weather

  Find the latest Tuesday updates at this link.   Monday, Nov. 11: In preparation for the cold front moving our way, the Asheville Public Works Department is preparing for any snow or ice that may come with it.   The National Weather Service forecast has been fairly consistent for the last 36 hours.   Rain is [...]

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Asheville Urban Tree Canopy Study looks at canopy loss and opportunities to preserve it

    A just completed Urban Tree Canopy Study determined that there has been a 6.4% loss in tree canopy in the City of Asheville in the past decade. Commissioned by the City’s Public Works Department in coordination with the Tree Commission, the study identifies the change in tree canopy coverage over the entire city of Asheville [...]

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Asheville City Council allocates funds for downtown cleanliness

  Keeping our downtown clean enhances it for everyone. During their Oct. 22 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a contract for WNC Landscaping to focus on Central Business District cleanliness. Specifically, the contractor will:         Pressure wash City-owned downtown sidewalks;         Keep those sidewalks clear of weeds;         [...]

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Paving, microsurfacing leads to 15 miles of resurfaced streets in Asheville this year 

  Fifteen miles of Asheville roads ride smoother, following the City’s 2019 bond and capital fund paving. And the City’s new Asphalt Preservation Project helped expand the number of streets maintained, while saving taxpayer dollars.   The process can be likened to sealing a deck instead of just letting it rot.   Instead of letting these [...]

U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for 2020

  From the U.S. Census: The U.S. Census Bureau continues to recruit thousands of workers for temporary jobs available nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors, and census takers by completing a single [...]

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Building next to Merrimon Avenue sinkhole posted as unsafe for occupancy

  Updated information, July 9: The City of Asheville received confirmation that the sinkhole at 1010 Merrimon Ave. is definitely the jurisdiction of NC Department of Environmental Quality and the Army Corps of Engineers. City staff has contacted both agencies to ensure they are aware of the situation. On the City side, our Development [...]

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Riverside Drive, some parks re-open, following flooding

  Following 5 inches of relentless rain Friday, more than a dozen Asheville streets were closed over the weekend, including several in Biltmore Village. On a holiday weekend, Asheville Public Works, Parks and Fire Department crews rolled up their sleeves and went to work, rescuing stranded motorists, barricading roads and cleaning roads once waters receded, following flooding [...]

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Sunday: More roads re-open, some remain closed, following flood

  Asheville Public Works crews remain out on our streets, monitoring river overflow levels and road closures. Here is where things stand on this Easter Sunday.   Roads that remain closed Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway Riverside Drive at the railroad trestle Old Toll Road on Town Mountain Blue Brier Road, also on Town Mountain It should be noted that a section of [...]

A pipe washout under Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway prompted its closing until a repair can be made.
Saturday: Some Asheville streets re-open, following torrential rain and flooding

  Saturday — following Friday’s flooding — turned out to be a day of road openings coupled with some new closings. Asheville Public Works crews worked overnight to re-open Biltmore Village streets, following a day of torrential rain that flooded streets and parks adjacent to the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers. Some additional roads opened as crews continued to [...]

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Friday: Asheville river corridors flood, prompting road closures

  Find Saturday updates here.     9 p.m. update Concrete barricades have been placed at the landslide on Old Toll Road. We have reports of numerous people driving around flood barricades. Please do not do this! You put yourself — and emergency rescue personnel — at risk. For the safety of everyone, concrete barriers have been placed [...]

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How to stay plugged into City of Asheville information about road closures during flooding events

    When flooding strikes in the City of Asheville, multiple agencies respond to close roads and notify residents of safety measures they should take. For example, even prior to flooding, Stormwater Services clears stormwater drains to minimize localized flooding.   When the City realizes there is the potential for flooding, residents can find information on the City of Asheville’s [...]

UPDATED – Public Works treats icy road conditions in spots, some ART routes closed or detoured. Monday routes on Holiday schedule.

Local roads have ice forming on them with a light dusting of snow.  Asheville Streets Division is out treating icy roads as needed with straight rock salt at this time. Please be careful if you venture out.   Currently, Duke Energy is reporting approximately 375 structure affected by power outages in the Asheville area.   The Asheville Fire Department is [...]

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Asheville Public Works crews prepare for wintry mix

  The National Weather Service has scaled back it’s snowcast to 1 inch possible in Asheville, with sleet and ice in the mix through Monday. Still, wintry weather seems likely to affect the Asheville area most of this weekend. In anticipation of the snowy or frozen roads this weekend, Asheville Public Works crews will begin applying [...]

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Crew to begin Skyview Place retaining wall repairs

The repair area on Skyview Place.   Work will begin Monday, Jan. 14, to repair and extend a retaining wall between Skyview Place and Sunset Drive.   That portion of Skyview Place has been closed since 2017, when heavy rains caused a slope failure.   The project will include improvements to the stormwater system on Skyview Place, designed to keep water [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter break holiday closings

ART bus suspended on Dec. 25     Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holiday break and New Year’s Day. The following is a roundup of services affected by holiday closures.     ART bus service City bus service will be suspended starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 [...]

Sunday snow updates: Asheville snow plowing in full force, ART bus suspended

  How much snow did we get? 2:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 Here are unofficial snowfall totals released by the National Weather Service: Asheville, 5 ½” Arden, 10” Biltmore Forest, 6 ½” Leicester, 8” Skyland, 9”   More locations are listed at this link.   Snow removal crews making progress, people still urged to refrain from driving Noon Sunday, Dec. 9 Public Works snow removal equipment by the [...]