Coxe Avenue transformed for ‘tactical urbanism’ multimodal exercise

Drone photo by Justin Mitchell Have you visited Coxe Avenue recently? You will find it has changed, and in an interesting way.   Colorful temporary active transportation improvements were installed on the downtown street the weekend of Nov. 3-4 in a multimodal collaboration project called “Tactical Urbanism.”   Though the use of planters, paint and street “armadillos,” the [...]

E-scooters seen in Asheville despite multiple ordinance violations

Update on status of BIRD e-scooters in Asheville (12pm  Saturday, October 27) On October 27, 2018, at 11:00 AM, the Honorable Judge Alan Z. Thornburg issued a Temporary Restraining Order enjoining Bird Rides, Inc. (“Bird”) from operating its scooter sharing/rental business within the corporate limits of the City of Asheville. Pursuant to the Order, Bird [...]

Asheville earns ‘walk friendly’ designation

Wall Street in downtown Asheville offers a walkable environment for pedestrians.     The City of Asheville has again earned the designation of being a Walk Friendly Community. The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) renewed designations for Asheville and two other communities (Atlanta and Tallahassee, Fla.) for their commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to [...]

Riverfront redevelopment update: Riverside Drive reopens, greenway section to open this year too

The latest riverfront development: Completion of the northern half of the French Broad River Greenway East is expected in late fall. Scroll below for a map rendering of the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project.   Last August, shovels turned dirt in a community kickoff for RADTIP, the City of Asheville’s most recent riverfront improvement project. This August, [...]

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City of Asheville to launch pilot monthly parking program to address downtown workers’ needs

  Parking downtown can be a challenge, especially for Asheville service industry and retail workers. A survey by the Downtown Commission and Asheville Downtown Association showed that most employees of downtown businesses rely on driving to get to work, and that 64% of  businesses would like to see more parking downtown.   Survey respondents indicated that 40% of [...]

Newly adopted Asheville Transit Master Plan to result in more and better ART bus service

    Last fall, the City of Asheville Transportation Department began working with the public to develop a new Transit Master Plan for the ART bus system. The Transit Master Plan serves as a guide on topics such as how and where ART will provide transit service. Further, it is designed to ensure safe, convenient and accessible [...]

City of Asheville is addressing ART bus repair, route delay issues

  Over the past several weeks, some ART buses have experienced service interruptions on a number of routes, due to mechanical issues. The City of Asheville Transportation Department is aware of the inconvenience and want our riders to know that ART is working diligently to fix and prevent these delays in the future.   In order to get [...]

City of Asheville, Green Opportunities to hold greenway temporary trail completion celebration

Asheville Public Works crew provided support to help the Green Opportunities landscaping students build the temporary trail.   Members of the Green Opportunities training program will join the City of Asheville for a 1 p.m. April 27 ribbon cutting and celebration of a recently constructed temporary trail on the future Town Branch Greenway, behind the Grant Southside Center, [...]

Buncombe Street becomes 2-way as county garage opening nears

The new Buncombe County Parking Garage is expected to open towards the end of February or the first part of March. The garage is part of a new county building adjacent to Coxe Avenue.   As the new Buncombe County Parking Garage nears completion, City of Asheville Transportation Department staff recently established a new traffic pattern along [...]

Page Avenue opens to two-way traffic

  Page Avenue returned to two-way traffic on Tuesday, Jan. 9, said Asheville Transportation Director Ken Putnam.   In September 2015, the City made Page Avenue one-way southbound from Battle Square to Battery Park Avenue as demolition on the old Kosta’s Menswear building happened and then construction for the Cambria Suites Hotel began. Now that hotel construction is [...]

Bond project highlight: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

    What’s happening on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive? Sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement is beginning on the east end near College Street in advance of a road resurfacing project of the entire length of the street in spring. Orange construction barrels have been placed on both sides of the street along the length of Martin Luther [...]

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