Three local paving contractors begin their work with the City of Asheville this month, resurfacing streets. Together they add up to $8 million of investment in upkeep on a combined 8.6 miles of City streets.
Two of these are bond projects, the other two were awarded as Fiscal Year 2019 and Fiscal Year 2020 resurfacing contracts.
Weather permitting, the resurfacing projects will begin this month and run into July, finishing up sometime in early fall.
“We’re happy to deliver these much-needed improvements to the community during these trying times,” said Public Works Director Greg Shuler. “The positive impacts to the quality of life will improve mobility for all modes of transportation.”
Kenilworth Road — The Kenilworth Road repaving project is part of the City’s Phase 3 Bond package. The entire 1 ½ mile length of Kenilworth Road will be resurfaced. Existing speed humps will be reinstalled. The budget for this project is $800,000. Now that sidewalk improvements are wrapping up, milling and paving operations are expected to begin in mid-June in coordination with remaining stormwater replacement work.
State Street — The State Street project is also part of the City’s Phase 3 Bond package. The entire .8 mile length of State Street will be resurfaced. The budget for this project is $1.28 million. State Street sidewalk, curb and driveway concrete work started in April. The contractor expects to begin the milling and paving the week of July 6.
Bryant Land and Development Services of Burnsville was awarded the contract for these two bond projects.
The City’s bond transportation projects are on schedule and on budget. Keep up with progress by visiting Capital Project’s Bond Project Dashboard at this link:
Fiscal Year 2020 resurfacing
At their April 14 meeting, City Council adopted a resolution authorizing a $2.28 million contract to Harrison Construction Company Division of APAC Atlantic Inc. of Asheville for the resurfacing of 3 ½ miles, including these streets:
- Black Street
- Brownwood Avenue (Haywood Road to Waynesville Road)
- Camby Street
- Cedar Street
- Chapel Park Road
- Chatham Road (Merrimon to Laurel)
- Eagle Street
- Elkin Street
- Graham Lane
- Grandview Drive
- Greeley Street
- Madeline Avenue
- Marcellus Street
- Reynolds Street
- Salem Avenue
- Shadowlawn Drive (Appalachian to Appalachian)
- Water Street
- White Pine Drive (Tunnel to White Pine Court north intersection)
Fiscal Year 2019 paving wrapping up
At the same time these paving projects are going on French Broad Paving of Marshall will be wrapping up resurfacing projects awarded last year. This contract was in the amount of $2.1 million. Here is that list, along with notes about which streets have already been completed:
- Allen Street: Completed
- Arbutus Road: Completed
- Baker Drive
- Erskine Circle
- Erskine Street: Completed
- Farrwood Avenue: Completed
- Garden Terrace: Completed
- Hibernia Street: Completed
- Hudson Street
- Lenoir Street: To be resurfaced beginning June 3
- Oakview Road
- Sterling Street
“The $8 million investment represents the commitment by City Council, City management and all taxpayers to invest in infrastructure that impacts all users’ daily lives, whether by motor vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian,” said Streets Division Manager Chad Bandy.
As always, if there is resurfacing in your area, please reroute if you can. Cars parked on the street will need to be moved. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers or signals but there may be delays. So thank you for your patience! And you will have nice smooth streets to ride on when these projects are finished.