An existing portion of the Reed Creek Greenway spans about 0.86 miles from the intersection of Broadway St and WT Weaver Blvd to Elizabeth St. The City of Asheville received grant funding from the French Broad River Metropolitan Organization (FBRMPO) to conduct a feasibility study for extending the greenway.
There are two undeveloped sections: The northern section from the intersection of WT Weaver Blvd and Broadway St to the intersection of Broadway St and Riverside Dr.; and the southern section starting at Elizabeth St. and terminating at the Bacoate Branch Greenway trailhead near the intersection of Clingman Ave and Hilliard (Merritt St).
The feasibility study has the following objectives:
- Investigate the alternative alignments that can complete the Reed Creek Greenway
- Select the preferred alignments to advance for capital project development
- Engage with property owners and stakeholders including City of Asheville departments; the Montford Neighborhood Association; the NCDOT; UNC-Asheville, the Asheville Botanical Garden Board; Isaac Dickson School; and private property owners
- Procure cost estimates to begin capital project planning.
The completion of the Reed Creek Greenway Corridor is an important part of the larger greenway network. It will strengthen transportation connectivity from downtown to North Asheville, UNCA, and the River Arts District.
The Reed Creek Greenway is one of the oldest greenway’s in the City’s greenway network.
The Reed Creek Greenway Feasibility Study is funded by the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBRMPO). The FBRMPO is a partnership between local and state government that makes decisions about transportation planning in urbanized areas.
The City released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in December 2022 for submittals from qualified firms to complete the study. A firm was selected in May 2023, and the studied is anticipated to take around 9 months.
January 2021 – UPWP Grant Application Resolution
November 2021 – FBRMP/City Grant Agreement
Spring 2023 – Consultant selected to conduct the study
Summer 2023 – Spring 2024 – Public Engagement & Draft Recommendations
Early 2024 – Estimated Study Completion
Hayley Burton, Transportation Planner II