The Haywood Streetscape Improvement project is another step closer to construction, following City Council’s Nov. 12 authorization to execute a contract with Tennoca Construction Company as well as a memorandum of understanding with the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) of Buncombe County for cost sharing.
This project includes sidewalk replacement, street resurfacing, stormwater improvements, sanitary sewer replacement and new street amenities on Haywood Street between College Street and Vanderbilt Place. Some sidewalk areas of Haywood Street will be expanded and crosswalks will be improved, while space will continue to be available for on-street parking and loading. The design plan reflects public feedback received from multiple input sessions.
Sewer replacement will also take place in areas outside of Haywood Street, including portions of College Street, Walnut Street, Flint Street, Page Avenue and potentially Rankin Avenue. Water main replacement will take place along Walnut Street. Road repaving will be completed in all impacted areas.
Project construction is scheduled to begin in January and continue through September 2020.
The City and MSD staff involved in the project will be available for “open office hours” on from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Asheville Downtown Association office, 29 Haywood St. Businesses, residents or others with anticipated impacts during construction are invited to come by, meet the team and ask questions.
An informational meeting was held on Sept 5. At the U.S. Cellular Center and included a presentation on the design as well as the construction phasing schedule. The presentation from the meeting is available here and notes (including Q&A) from the meeting are available here.
You can find out more about the project and sign up for updates at: www.ashevillenc.gov/haywoodstreetscape.