City of Asheville celebrates National Public Works Week

National Public Works week is underway! We want to take a moment to recognize the City of Asheville Public Works Department staff  who make our community run every day.  From Streets to Sanitation, Fleet Management to Stormwater, our Public Works teams are  #ReadyAndResilient   Please join us all week in recognizing and thanking our teams for the work that goes [...]

City of Asheville celebrates National Public Works Week

National Public Works week is underway   We want to take a moment to recognize the City of Asheville Public Works Department staff who help our community run everyday.  From streets to sanitation, construction to City stormwater, our Public Works teams are  #READY and RESILIENT   Like Jonathon Ballard, Crew Supervisor for Stormwater construction,  who [...]

Asheville Public Works responding to winter storm

  Duke Energy shares winter storm update, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3 A message from Duke Energy: The high winds and heavy precipitation are still affecting large portions of the Carolinas and restoration will be hindered until conditions are safe to work in. Customers in the hardest hit areas, like Buncombe County, may need to prepare for extended outages.   Duke Energy [...]

Flood damages? Info on dedicated call center and local resources

  As our local leaders are assessing the damage to Buncombe County in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred, Buncombe County Emergency Services is standing up a call center to connect residents to resources and information. To assist with disaster recovery, Buncombe County has activated a dedicated line for those impacted.   An Emergency Services Call Center is [...]

 Contractors to begin resurfacing Asheville streets, improving your driving experience

Asheville’s streets keep getting better, thanks to investments in annual resurfacing coupled with the bond program.   Two downtown streets will be resurfaced this year as part of the bond program. They include Carolina Lane and Langren Alley. Both alleys have been identified as beneficial pedestrian corridors and this resurfacing will improve the surface for both vehicular [...]

Winter storm update: ART buses, City offices on a delayed schedule

    Thursday, Feb. 18 While Asheville remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, City streets are wet but not frozen this morning. A City Streets crew member reported seeing ice on some trees. A mix of rain, sleet, ice and snow are still possible today through Friday morning. Find the National [...]

ART buses, City of Asheville offices on weather delay; trash pickup cancelled

UPDATE: Due to continued snowy road conditions, ART bus service has been delayed until noon. Once it begins routes may be detoured, depending on road conditions.    Due to inclement weather and snowy road conditions, particularly on secondary roads, Asheville Sanitation (trash, recycling, brush, and bulky collection) are cancelled for today. Sanitation will operate on its “closure schedule,” [...]

City of Asheville shares update on completed Transportation bond projects

Part 2 of a 3-part series.   Three enhanced pedestrian crossings with flashing signals have been installed on the newly resurfaced State Street in West Asheville. It’s not just that the bond program paved the way for more street resurfacing — the $32 million in transportation bonds approved by voters in 2016 allowed the [...]

Asheville streets reopen, following flooding from Tropical Storm Zeta

  As rain from Tropical Storm Zeta moves eastward, Asheville Fire Department reports that  flooding is receding in most locations. The Swannanoa River crested around 2 p.m. Thursday, and the French Broad River should crest around 8 p.m. Thursday. So while most roads have reopened there may continue to be road closures until the waters recede, perhaps [...]

City of Asheville prepares for remnants of Tropical Storm Sally

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Sally are expected to pass close enough to western North Carolina to bring periods of heavy rain Thursday morning into Friday morning. Because of this, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch to include Buncombe County.  The City of Asheville is ready. Public Works [...]

City of Asheville employees continue to serve our community during time of social distancing for COVID-19 safety

    City  of Asheville employees continue to work during the COVID-19 public health emergency, serving you, our residents. All essential police, fire, sanitation, transit and water services are being maintained as we continue to serve and protect this community, even in this difficult time. Other employees have transitioned to a telecommuting workstation from home, where work in [...]

Hemlock tree beside City Hall removed and replaced

    A declining hemlock tree beside Asheville City Hall will be removed and replaced with a new tree. The Public Works Tree Crew is carrying out the removal and stump grinding in coordination with the City’s planting contractor to facilitate immediate replacement.   This blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica) was planted after the hemlock was removed. It matches a blackgum tree [...]

Kenilworth and State Street bond projects move to construction phase, along with Old Toll Road repair

    Spring’s warmer weather brings not only longer days — it jumpstarts the City of Asheville’s ability to make sidewalk repairs in preparation for paving season. After a rainy winter that hampered Public Works installations, such as on stormwater systems, contractors are mobilizing for work on two major thoroughfares as part of the bond projects. Another project [...]

ART bus service to resume at 8 a.m., City government offices to open at 10 a.m.

  Asheville City government offices and facilities will open on a delayed schedule, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, due to the potential for black ice on our roads.  ART bus service will resume at 8 a.m. Friday. Asheville Parks & Recreation Fun Day Out programs will open at 10 a.m. Friday at Stephens Lee, Vance and Montford [...]

Snow updates recap: Wednesday and Thursday

Latest news Asheville City government offices to open at 10 a.m. Friday; patches of black ice possible on streets   Thursday updates, Feb. 20   Buses are still running this afternoon, but as temperatures drop during this snowy weather Asheville Rides Transit (ART) will suspend service this evening. The last bus to leave the transit center [...]