Vermont Avenue Sidewalks

Last updated or reviewed on June 27, 2022

View of Vermont Avenue
Vermont Avenue in West Asheville

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In January, 2022 the City of Asheville conducted a public survey on the design direction for the sidewalk replacement on Vermont Avenue.  The survey results showed a preference for option 3. This option replaces the existing sidewalk on both sides with a 4-foot wide sidewalk, keeping a grass strip between the existing curb and new sidewalk while preserving existing street trees where possible and replanting new trees in grass buffer strips.

 

 

Now that the survey results for the Vermont Avenue sidewalk configuration are in and a community-wide preference has been established, the City of Asheville staff will regroup with the project design team to take the following steps in the design process. These steps will include a collaborative approach between our consultant engineering team, the City’s Arborist, and the Urban Forestry Commission to balance the requirements to provide safe ADA access and the desire to preserve as many existing, healthy trees as possible. Where existing trees cannot be safely kept, we will replace them with new trees between the existing curb and new sidewalk, establishing the next generation of continuous tree canopy along Vermont Ave. Inevitably, there will be some tree removal required to meet federally mandated ADA requirements. We will be transparent and communicate with the community exactly which trees this will impact if alternate methods of working around the tree are infeasible.

 


Background

As part of the bond projects initiative, the City of Asheville is preparing to replace sidewalks on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville. This project focuses on replacing the existing dilapidated sidewalks and replacing them with new accessible sidewalks that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

 


Timeline

Spring 2022 – Design development.

Summer 2022 – Design complete.

Fall 2022 – Anticipated start of construction.

 


Supporting Documents

Existing Tree Assessment Report

Schematic Design Impact Plan

 

 


Contact Information

Lora Sepion, Capital Projects Project Manager
828-575-4385

 


 

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