Happening Now

Construction of this project is underway!  A new drainage system, as well as an upgrade to a smaller existing stormwater system, are being installed primarily along Sulphur Springs Road just past the recently renamed Lucy S. Herring Elementary School to Carrier Street. This effort will improve drainage and reduce flooding on the roadway.  Clinton Avenue, Covington Street and Belmont Avenue will also have new stormwater infrastructure installed near their intersections with Sulphur Springs Road.

Lane closures due to construction will impact traffic in this project area. Please be patient. Nearby residents may wish to reroute when possible during weekdays when active construction is happening. The City will make every effort to notify residents in the construction zone prior to traffic impacts.

Stormwater Division Staff has worked closely with Asheville City Schools to maintain pedestrian and bus accessibility during construction.  This is an ongoing effort to keep students of Lucy S. Herring Elementary safe while a construction project is going on nearby.



The lack of an adequate drainage system is causing flooding in the roadway of Sulphur Springs Road at the low point of the basin (the intersection with an unnamed tributary of Hominy Creek) .  In addition, the existing culvert does not provide for adequate slope stabilization and is causing erosion of the stream bank at the outlet end of the culvert.  The Sulphur Springs Stormwater project will install a new drainage system that reduces stormwater runoff in the roadway and provides a system that can be upgraded with future projects along the contributing side streets.  A culvert extension and associated stream stabilization will address existing slopes that are failing at the roadway and provide a more sustainable stream bank at the outlet end of the culvert extension that will not be as prone to erosion.

This work is being done in advance of the City bond repaving project as a system improvement and efficiency cost-saving measure.  MSD is also coordinating with the Stormwater Division on this project to upgrade their pipes ahead of the stormwater and paving project.

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  • Fall:  Preliminary design 


  • Fall:  100% Design


  • March:  401 Water Quality Certification (for stream impacts) received from NC Division of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)
  • Summer:  Advertising project for construction 
  • Fall:  Contract Awarded – Start of construction
  • Winter:  Culvert extension completed – Continued construction


Anticipated completion date Fall 2022.


Before construction project began installing stormwater junction box


Contact Information

Valerie Welbourn, Project Manager

Russ Davis, PE, Stormwater Division Manager

Stormwater Services




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