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Asheville City Council approves resident-requested speed limit changes

     Slow down, Asheville. For safety, of course. City residents have asked for lower speed limits on a number of our streets. In response to those requests the City performed traffic engineering studies to assess the feasibility of doing so. N.C. General Statute 20-141 gives the City the authority to regulate speed limits within [...]

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2020 City of Asheville initiatives: What to look for in the new year

With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at 10 Asheville City government initiatives as we ring in not only a new year, but a new decade  in 2020.     Civic Center gets Harrah’s Cherokee name  The year 2020 will start with excitement for the newly named Harrah’s Cherokee Center — [...]

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Get ready to stop in all directions on Depot Street

  An all-way stop is coming to a congested intersection in the River Arts District. The Asheville Transportation Department will install a new all-way stop at the intersection of Depot and Bartlett streets. “The installation will include adding stop signs to the Depot Street approaches with LED flashing borders and a crosswalk across Depot Street and Bartlett Street,” [...]

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Speed ‘cushions’ coming to Hazel Mill Road

  The City of Asheville will install its first speed cushions on Hazel Mill Road between North Louisiana Avenue and Patton Avenue. Construction is slated to  begin the week of Nov. 11.   Speed cushions are different from speed humps in that they include wheel cutouts to allow large emergency vehicles to pass unaffected, while reducing passenger car [...]

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City of Asheville and MountainTrue partner to create a trail system in the Falconhurst neighborhood

  The City of Asheville has partnered with MountainTrue to assist the Falconhurst neighborhood in building natural surface trails within the Falconhurst Nature Preserve.    The Falconhurst Nature Preserve is a 7.9 acre parcel of land adjacent to Tanglewood Drive that was deeded to the City of Asheville in 2012 as a conservation easement from the Conservation Trust [...]

Asheville greenways update: Spring 2020 construction is coming!

  Funding now in place for Asheville greenway projects will pave the way for spring 2020 construction. These shovel-ready projects are funded in part by state and federal transportation money administered through the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). They include:   French Broad River West: This 1-mile greenway will fill a greenway gap [...]

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Asheville City Council approves multimodal improvements to enhance mobility and safety for residents

The Charlotte Street Road Diet will move forward, with construction expected in 2020. During their Sept. 10 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a resolution appropriating $973,556.10 to Harrison Construction-Candler Division for the construction of improvements designed to enhance safety for multiple modes of transportation.   It was one of three multimodal items approved by Council during the [...]

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City of Asheville invites Wood Avenue neighbors to meeting about sidewalk project

    The City of Asheville is moving forward with the Neighborhood Sidewalk Improvement program with the installation of a new 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side of Wood Avenue in East Asheville. This neighborhood is southeast of the Asheville Mall area.     Residents are invited to attend a community informational meeting about the project from 5 to [...]

City of Asheville to hold open house about New Leicester Highway sidewalk project

    Sidewalks are coming to New Leicester Highway as part of the City’s bond program. The City of Asheville will be building a sidewalk from New Leicester Highway at Patton Avenue out to the City limit around 396 New Leicester Highway.   No sidewalk currently exists in this area. Installation of a sidewalk will provide pedestrian safety in [...]

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City of Asheville asking for feedback on its parking garages

  The City of Asheville Parking Services works toward continuous improvement to provide convenient, safe, clean, and accessible public parking for the downtown and other selected areas. Parking Services works to maintain, improve, and increase parking opportunities to meet the challenges of growth and continued development in Asheville.   As part of continuous improvement the City is asking [...]

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U.S. Cellular Center releases parking information and security protocols for Buncombe County school graduations, including free parking for graduates

    Three Buncombe County high schools will hold graduation this weekend at the U.S. Cellular Center.   AC Reynolds, TC Roberson and North Buncombe graduating seniors will all walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at the U.S. Cellular Center.   The City of Asheville is proud to host this important civic event each June.  Changes in both security [...]

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Attention bus riders! ART Transit Station construction to begin Monday

  The first phase of ART Transit Station improvements are about to begin! On Monday, April 15, local contactor NHM Constructors will bring their crew in to mobilize for the stormwater drainage improvement project to the bus travel lanes and sidewalk.   The construction crew will begin on the north side of the bus travel lanes. While we had [...]

Asheville’s bike share study widens to include scooters, with the public invited to weigh in

The City of Asheville’s bike share feasibility initiative continues and has widened in scope to include consideration of electric scooters (also called e-scooters). Bike or e-scooter share is a way for someone to use a bike or scooter for a short time at a reasonable rate. Some bike share systems are station-based, like those in

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Public invited North Charlotte Street drop-in meetings about road diet and zoning evaluation

  The City of Asheville will host two meetings on February 19 for the community to learn about improvements planned for North Charlotte Street, including the road diet and zoning evaluation for the corridor. The meetings will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. A morning session will be held from 8:30 to [...]

Asheville’s zero-emission electric ART buses to be deployed this spring

  Testing and training going on now; bus preview to be held   In 2019, the City of Asheville will deploy five zero-emission electric buses for the City’s transit system, Asheville Redefines Transit (ART).   By committing to transit vehicles that are powered by electricity, the City will reduce fuels costs and dependence on imported energy resources. It will also [...]

Reminder: Fines for Asheville parking infractions increase Feb. 1

A new parking violations fine schedule will go into effect Feb. 1, 2019. Approved by City Council Nov. 27, the parking fine increases include the following:         Overtime parking at metered or non-metered spaces will go from $10 to $20.         A second or subsequent violation within a 24-hour period will rise from $20 to $40.         Loading/unloading zone violations will [...]

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Come learn about planned Swannanoa Greenway at Winter Warmer Celebration of Asheville Greenway programs

Come learn about preliminary studies for the Swannanoa Greenway during a Winter Warmer Celebration of Asheville Greenway Programs from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Highway.   This will be the first greenway in east Asheville. Members of the Asheville Greenway Committee will be there there to share information with residents [...]