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Asheville City Council accepts money donated for bus shelter by two civic organizations

  Civic partners have stepped up to provide funding for a new bus shelter — $5,000 in contributions — accepted in a budget amendment by Asheville City Council during their October 12 meeting.   The Transportation Department has been working with these community organizations to provide donations to install standard bus shelters along Asheville Rides Transit bus routes.   The [...]

Residents invited to virtual meetings on Asheville greenway and pedestrian master plans this week; survey to open too

    The City of Asheville’s Transportation Department is working on updates to the Greenway and Pedestrian Master Plans plus creating an ADA Plan for Public Rights of Way (i.e. streets and sidewalks).  The planning process is at an intermediate point in the process.  The initial assessments and public input is complete and a draft plan is [...]

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French Broad River West Greenway construction gets under way

    Construction for the French Broad River West Greenway is under way! This greenway will extend from the southern end of the French Broad River Park near the dog park to the existing greenway under the Haywood Road bridge.  Current activities include surveying, soil and sedimentation protection and preliminary grading. Part of the preliminary grading work includes [...]

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City of Asheville invites community to celebrate completion of River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project

    Spring is here and the City of Asheville’s largest piece of riverfront construction — the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) — is just about complete. It’s time to celebrate the past 10+ years of work that our community’s artists, businesses, nonprofit organizations and public institutions have done to transform this section of the [...]

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City of Asheville to hold virtual meeting on Biltmore Avenue and McDowell Street corridor

    The City of Asheville and consultants from VHB invite the public to attend a virtual meeting on via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. March 30 to review the Biltmore Avenue and McDowell Street Corridor Study. This will be the second public meeting related to this project.   Biltmore Avenue, McDowell Street, Asheland Avenue, and Southside Avenue [...]

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Greenway construction to connect 2 existing greenways through 4 parks

  Construction to extend the French Broad River Greenway West this spring will connect it to French Broad River Park, creating a 4-mile stretch of continuous riverside greenway through four parks in Asheville.  During their March 9 meeting, Asheville City Council approved funding for the French Broad River Greenway West Bank Construction Project. Federal funds administered through [...]

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Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year

  Asheville residents can look upon the new year with optimism. Together, we’ve weathered a pandemic and a vaccine will be available this year. Even so, the City of Asheville’s response to COVID-19 will continue in the new year, in coordination with the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County.   Residents can look forward to advances in [...]

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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 [...]

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City of Asheville asking for input on Biltmore Avenue / McDowell Street corridors 

  The City of Asheville is studying the future of the Biltmore Avenue and McDowell Street corridors.  The City is launching a survey to gather input from residents and other stakeholders that will inform recommendations for transportation improvements to the corridors.   These corridors connect downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village — two very walkable areas with [...]

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City of Asheville opens two surveys for Greenway, ADA Transition and Pedestrian Plans 

  The City of Asheville is in the early stages of a large project to update the City’s Greenway Plan (G), ADA Transition Plan* (A), and Pedestrian Plan (P) (*By ADA transition we are specifically looking at accessibility improvements within the rights-of-way of our street network).   The planning process, known as the “Close the GAP,” will identify [...]

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Slow down! Speed limits changed on more than 40 Asheville streets

  During their  Aug. 25 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to reduce the speed limit on 43 City streets.   The changes were made at the recommendation of City staff, who had received requests from the public to consider the speed limit changes. City staff performed appropriate traffic-engineering studies along the various streets designated for speed limit changes.   So [...]

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Following I-26 Aesthetics Committee report, City of Asheville opens survey for residents to weigh in on project

  The City of Asheville is looking for input from the community on a report prepared by  the I-26 Aesthetics Committee.   City Council established the Aesthetics Committee on April 24, 2018, to make recommendations for aesthetic treatments for all aspects of the I-26 Connector project including, but not limited to, shoulders, medians, bridges, retaining walls, signing, and [...]

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City to resume parking garage fees Aug. 1, continues initiatives to support businesses 

  Beginning Aug. 1, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County will reinstate parking fees for the City- and County-owned parking garages.     On March 18, following the State and Local State of Emergency declarations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, parking garage and metered parking fees were temporarily suspended in order to support more convenient access [...]

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Elsie’s Bridge Greenway Connector under construction, to be repurposed as community garden 

  The City of Asheville started the construction of another neighborhood greenway connector project the week of May 25.  Elsie’s Bridge is a bridge spanning the Town Branch Greenway that was part of “Elsie’s Alley.” It is located in the Southside neighborhood between the Glenrock Apartments and Mr Green’s Mini Mart on Depot Street. The bridge [...]

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City of Asheville resumes parking meter fees and enforcement

  Beginning Monday, June 1, the City of Asheville will resume collecting regular parking fees for on-street, metered parking.  Enforcement of fee payment will also resume.     Garage parking in City and County garages will remain free until further notice.  City monthly parking permit fees will also continue to be suspended until further notice.  Buncombe county monthly parking [...]

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Construction on the Reed Creek Greenway continues

    The Reed Creek Greenway is divided into two separate construction projects, one complete and the other in progress.   The section of the greenway from Elizabeth Street to the Chestnut Street bridge was built by Sweetgrass Broadway LLC during the construction of their brand new 5 Points, a multi-use development at 242 Broadway Ave.   The developer partnered with [...]

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Temporary ART bus schedule reductions announced

  The health and safety of our community is the City of Asheville’s highest priority. The ART Transit system continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic so we can offer transportation to first responders, health-care workers, other essential workers, and our community for urgent needs.   The ART transit staffing levels are lower than usual and, as such, [...]