Overview

This project will implement improvements on sections of College Street and Patton Avenue in the core of Downtown Asheville with the goal of improving safety, accessibility, and equity for all users of the streets and users of the wider City transportation network. The project area specifically includes College Street between Spruce Street and Pritchard Park and Patton Avenue between Pritchard Park and Biltmore Avenue.

Improvements will include the following: 

  • Pedestrian ramp improvements
  • Resurfacing and restriping of streets (in the Focus Area noted in the image below, striping will include buffered bike lanes, high-visibility crosswalks, and dedicated space for delivery vehicles)
  • Replacement of signal poles 

 


Happening Now

Staff is working to prepare and issue the solicitation to select a contractor to perform resurfacing, striping and ramp work. City Council will then be asked to consider approval of the contract prior to the work being performed.

The City of Asheville is hosting a series of meetings to provide routine public updates on City projects impacting the Patton Avenue corridor. The meetings will be held virtually at 10 a.m. on August 12, and September 9. The following projects will be covered at each meeting: 

These meetings will serve as a platform for us to share progress and discuss any upcoming work. We encourage all who are interested to attend these meetings. If you would like to attend this meeting please email jhughes@ashevillenc.gov to register. Once registered, you will receive a calendar invite by email with details on how to join the meeting.

Next Milestone: Construction contractor bidding and selection

Estimated Completion Date: 2025

 


Project Background

In addition to general improvements, this project makes advances street design in consistency with adopted City plans and policies to improve multimodal transportation, particularly in Downtown. Plan alignment includes the 2009 Downtown Master Plan, the 2012 Complete Streets Policy, the 2016 Asheville in Motion Mobility Plan and the 2018 Living Asheville Comprehensive Plan. Asheville consistently ranks as one of the top cities in North Carolina for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities. Building dedicated facilities for these vulnerable users is one of the most effective ways to reduce fatalities. College Street and Patton Avenue are the main and only east-west streets through Downtown and provide key connections to east and West Asheville. Bike lanes will connect to existing bike lanes and future bike lanes in downtown and beyond. 

This project also aligns with City Council’s 2036 Vision for transportation and accessibility: “Whether you drive a car, take the bus, ride a bike or walk, getting around Asheville is easy. Public transportation is widespread, frequent, and reliable. Sidewalks, greenways, and bike facilities get us where we want to go safely and keep us active and healthy. It is easy to live in Asheville without a car and still enjoy economic, academic, and social success.”

The renderings below provide a road-level view of the improvements.

 


Project Timeline

 

2022 

2023 

2024

  • July 8, August 12, September 9: virtual public meetings for updates on projects in the Patton Avenue Corridor
  • Fall: Solicitation to select a contractor to perform resurfacing, striping and ramp work. City Council will then be asked to consider approval of the contract.

2025

  • Project implementation

 


Funding

Non-profit partners, Asheville on Bikes and Connect Buncombe, funded the initial designs through local donations. The initial designs were completed by a local consulting firm, Traffic Planning and Design, in cooperation with the City of Asheville and were refined based on public feedback the City received.

A total of $100,000  is programmed in the City of Asheville’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for implementation, including costs for:

  • Pavement markings
  • Vertical delineators
  • Signage
  • Traffic control during installation


Supporting Documents

Examples of Left-Side Bike Lanes in Other Cities

Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan For Our Future (2018) 

Asheville in Motion Mobility Plan (2017) 

City of Asheville Complete Streets Policy (2012) 

City of Asheville Comprehensive Bicycle Plan (2008 – superseded by Asheville in Motion Plan)


Related Projects

Downtown Patton Avenue Corridor Feasibility Study

Patton Avenue Sidewalk Accessibility Improvements

Carter-Ann-Patton Stormwater Project

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Contact Information

Jessica Morriss, Assistant Director, Transportation Department

Susannah Horton, Project Manager, Capital Management Department

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