About the Project

The purpose of the Patton Avenue Corridor Study is to develop transportation, land use, and urban design recommendations for Patton Avenue from the Jeff Bowen Bridge to the easternmost terminus at Pack Square.  The goals for the study are to:

  • Transform the area so that Patton Avenue and the Captain Jeff Bowen Bridges serves as a gateway to the Downtown; 
  • Set the stage for Patton Avenue to develop as a mixed-use corridor; 
  • Retrofit Patton Avenue into a complete street that is safe for all road users; 
  • Improve connections at Hillcrest to integrate this community with Downtown and terminate at Pack Square; 
  • Better connect Downtown to the river and other neighborhoods; and 
  • Create a plan for a network of multi-use paths that connect people to nearby economic and recreational opportunities.

Other City projects within the Downtown Patton Avenue Study area

There are three other City projects within this same study area, as shown in the map below (click the map to expand it). To learn more about any of those projects, select the relevant hyperlink below. 

Happening Now

On August 22, 2023, the Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with McAdams for a corridor and feasibility study of Patton Avenue between the Jeff Bowen Bridge and Pack Square. The project will take approximately one year and will be reviewed regularly by a Project Working Group composed of community members.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2024, the project will conduct the second public open house event. This free meeting will be held in the Banquet Hall of Harrah’s Cherokee Center located at 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801 from 5-7PM. Please help to spread the word. The open house will display analysis and concepts that propose changes to improve traffic circulation and support multimodal operations. 


For decades residents have been trying to create a vision for the western gateway to downtown Asheville. Concepts focused on transportation changes, such as realigning Patton Avenue, as well as land use ideas to extend the downtown westward to the Jeff Bowen bridge. In 2022, staff summarized these efforts in the East Patton Avenue Report.



August 22, 2023 – City Council authorizes a professional contract with McAdams

August 28, 2023 – Internal Kickoff Meeting with McAdams, NCDOT, the MPO, and City staff

November 29, 2023 – Public Open House (5-7PM, Banquet Hall, Harrah’s Cherokee Center, 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801) 

May 29, 2024 – Public Open House #2 (5-7PM, Banquet Hall, Harrah’s Cherokee Center, 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801)

The following chart summarizes the proposed timeline and milestones of the Downtown Patton Avenue Corridor & Feasibility study over the span of the next year.



Supporting Documents

East Patton Avenue Report 

Resolution No 23-174 Authorizing the City to Execute a Contract with McAdams

Poster Boards from November 29th Public Open House



Contact Information




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