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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, [...]

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Asheville Rides Transit implements 10-person maximum per bus 

  Important changes: 10-person maximum per bus to go into effect March 25. More buses added to busiest routes to accommodate this need. Route 170 will not run 7:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. trips (these buses will be reassigned to peak-hour busiest routes.   In order to follow the guidelines in Asheville’s State of Emergency proclamation limiting [...]

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Asheville installs social distancing measures on ART buses during COVID-19 public health emergency

  City also suspends on-street parking enforcement, opens garages for free   During this COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Asheville is working to increase the safety and security of our community, which is always a top priority.  One of those ways is through encouraging social distancing.    Toward that end, the City’s ART bus service is putting a system [...]

Asheville City Council approves greenway contracts for projects to be built this year

  Two greenway projects got a green light from Asheville City Council this week. At their Feb. 25, meeting Council approved execution of contracts for: The Elsie’s Bridge Greenway Connector Project; and  Construction of a Reed Creek Greenway Extension.   The Council action paves the way for both projects to happen this [...]

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Asheville Mardi Gras Parade returns to South Slope, bringing fun along with traffic/parking impacts

    This Sunday, Feb. 23, the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade  returns to the South Slope. The parade begins at 3 p.m. Lineup and float assembly will take place in surface parking lots along Asheland Avenue. The parade begins on Hilliard Avenue at Asheland Avenue, down south Coxe Avenue and wraps along the streets of [...]

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Charlotte Street Road Diet construction begins

  Initial phase will be sidewalk work   The construction phase of the Charlotte Street road diet is scheduled to begin in February and continue through May.   The first phase of construction will entail a lane closure as contractors reconstruct portions of the sidewalk on the north end of Charlotte street near Edwin Place. Once complete, repaving of the [...]

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City of Asheville to partner with airport on parking regulation

  At their Feb. 11 meeting, Asheville City Council gave Parking Services the green light to regulate and administer parking at the Asheville Regional Airport. The move came at the request of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority. Under the agreement, Airport staff will write tickets, while Parking Services will administer the billing and collections. The cost [...]