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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Click here for lots of City of Asheville service information

    Navigating local government can be confusing. Especially when you’re trying to figure out who to call regarding a street or traffic issue. They go to two different departments. The Transportation Department handles the flow of traffic, such as crosswalks and traffic signals or signs. The Streets Division handles the surface conditions, like potholes and resurfacing.   To help, here [...]

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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 on [...]

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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 [...]

Asheville, Buncombe officials outline winter storm preparedness, share safety messages

  More snow than we thought could be coming. During a joint press conference and community briefing on winter storm response, Buncombe County and City of Asheville officials shared safety messages and updates on what to expect. As the snow began falling outside Buncombe County Emergency Services Headquarters, Director Jerry VeHaun shared information from a conference call Saturday [...]

Buncombe County, City of Asheville to hold joint winter storm briefing

Update: At 2 p.m. today, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville will conduct a joint press and community briefing on winter storm response, and safety messages. The briefing will be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page.   Did someone say Winter Storm Warning? The City of Asheville is ready!   With the National Weather Service predicting [...]

City of Asheville gears up for winter storm response

  With the National Weather Service predicting a wintry mix of snow, sleet and possible ice Saturday through Monday, the City of Asheville is preparing its storm response.   The City of Asheville is preparing a coordinated response with our community partners, including NCDOT, Duke Energy and Buncombe County Emergency Management.   Public Works crews have been fitting trucks with [...]

Asheville roads reopen following some flooding

Tropical Storm Michael rolled through the Carolinas Thursday, causing the City of Asheville to close some street as the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers briefly jumped their banks in some places. All roads have now reopened. Public Works crews worked overnight to clean mud and debris off of Azalea and Swannanoa River roads so that they could [...]