River News and Updates
Happening Now: Updated March 19, 2019
Construction activities in the RAD continue. See below for the latest updates.
RADTIP On the Ground: Construction Schedule
Your news for what's happening right now.
Temporary lane closures may occur on Lyman Street for utility work.
Utility Impacts - Planned Water Outages
As part of RADTIP, the City's contractors are coordinating water tie-in work that will create water outages to businesses along Lyman Street. This will happen on March 31, 2019 for 24 hours. Impacted businesses have been notified. Please note there is always a risk that surrounding businesses may experience lower water pressure.
Roundabout @ Lyman and Riverside (near old 12 Bones)
See graphic for temporary traffic pattern during construction of the roundabout. This is not the final traffic pattern. This is the temporary traffic plan during the completion of the roundabout and to construct of a portion of Lyman Street until May 2019. .
The final traffic pattern will be in place in May 2019 when paving can be completed. See graphic for final traffic pattern at this roundabout.
Additional "We Are Open" signage has been added in the project area to help ensure wayfinding is clear and visitors know that businesses are open.
French Broad River Greenway East
The northern section of greenway from north of the I-240 Bridge to 14 Riverside Drive Arts and Cultural Center is paved. Striping and lights will be completed in late 2019.
For questions on the ground please contact Dustin Clemens, Innovation District Program Manager for Capital Projects at email@example.com.
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Construction Schedule - Long Term Plan
- For 2018, the project will focus on completing the French Broad River East Greenway northern section from the old 12 Bones site to just north of the railroad trestle bridge.
- We anticipate opening the northern section of greenway and roadway in fall of 2018
- Construction on the 5 Points roundabout is scheduled for late 2019.
- Construction of the southern section of French Broad River East Greenway is scheduled for Summer 2019.
Please note these schedules are subject to change to get the work done. We will do our best to notify you of changes in advance whenever possible. Sign up to get email notifications.
Parking and Access - River Arts District - 14 Riverside Drive (unless closed for a private event) - French Broad River West Greenway Trailhead (Craven and Emma) on the west side of the river.
- Parking across from 14 Riverside behind Curve studios garden - The Jean Webb parking lot - Parking under the I-240 Bridge
DISTRICT VITALITY AND BUSINESS RESOURCES
Supporting the existing artists and businesses that have made the River Arts District a vital area for creative commerce is important to all of us. We know you are open for business but might have questions or need access to resources that help inform your clients and customers about the transformation to come. Using input from people like you, the City created a Business Kit to help with the basics. The City also signed an agreement with neighborhood associations RADA and RADBA to find ways to help keep commerce strong during the three years of construction, and is providing $25,000 in funding to leverage the community's vision for the continued development of the district. You can see the signed agreement here. The first partnership project for the team is the creation of neighborhood identification pole banners that make it easier to get around the River Arts District. Contact the presidents of those organizations for more information on how you can participate on this or future projects.
TEMPORARY WAYFINDING IN THE DISTRICT
The City contracted with a local designer to produce graphics that can be used to help communicate River Arts District and City project information during construction (2017-2020). After gaining input from community stakeholders, the consultant has completed the designs.
Temporary gateway signage has been installed and over 100 banners have been installed.
Over the course of three years of construction, the RADTIP plans include the removal of approximately five hundred trees. Over fifteen hundred trees (and thousands of new shrubs, grasses and forbs) will be planted before construction is complete.
In addition, the City of Asheville has funding through the Duke Water Resources Fund to complete a riparian restoration plan that will recommend additional landscaping and tree planting projects to consider after RADTIP construction; these projects are intended to improve water quality, provide shade for people and habitat for wildlife, and help keep Asheville’s air clean.
We are committed to consistently communicating with you on the work being done, changes to the schedule and any known traffic impacts. A construction and closures map is available here. You can also sign up for email notifications here.
OTHER TIGER VI PROJECTS
The RADTIP serves as the spine of a planned multimodal system that includes other projects which are construction ready: Livingston Street Complete Streets, and the Town Branch, French Broad River Greenway West and Bacoate Branch (formerly Clingman Forest) greenways. These projects were originally planned to be built in conjunction with the RADTIP as part of the TIGER VI (USDOT) grant-funded program of work. In order to keep the program within the existing budget, the construction of the other projects has been delayed until future funding is available.
CAMPING AND HOMELESS POPULATIONS
Due to construction activities in the area camping is no longer safe. There are several emergency shelter and support services to assist anyone camping in the area affected by displacement. City Resource Officers are currently providing this information to campers in the area. If you see someone camping in the area please contact Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110. If you need information on additional community services, contact 211.
If you have specific questions about how this project impacts you, your business or your property please contact us. You can reach Stephanie Monson Dahl at the Riverfront Office at (828) 232-4502.
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This project will construct a 2.2 mile piece of the Wilma Dykeman Riverway, a planned 17- mile multi-modal corridor in Asheville along the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers. In addition to improved intersections and bridge reconstruction, the project includes roadway improvements, sidewalks, bike lanes, greenways, on-street parking, and stormwater improvements along Lyman Street and Riverside Drive adjacent to the French Broad River. The project will improve the horizontal and vertical clearance at the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge, accommodate truck turning movements at the intersection of Craven street and Riverside Drive and improve three railroad crossings in the area.
The estimated cost for purchasing right of way and construction is $37 million. In April 2014, the City submitted an application to Federal Highway Administration to fund six interconnected transportation projects through the TIGER VI Program. In November 2014, the US Secretary of Transportation visited Asheville to announce that Asheville was awarded a 14.6 million dollar federal award to support the development of:
- RADTIP (including Five Points Roundabout)
- Greenways: Bacoate Branch (formerly Clingman Forest), Town Branch and French Broad River West (Construction postponed)
- Livingston Street Complete Street (Construction postponed)
Summer 2016: Preconstruction activities began. Tree clearing occurs in preparation for Duke Energy and other utility relocation.
Winter 2016: Installation of new Jean Webb river access point and Smith Bridge boat launch in partnership with NC Wildlife Resource Commission. Renovation of 14 Riverside Drive. Utility relocation efforts continued.
Fall 2017: Construction is scheduled to begin on RADTIP and will continue through 2020.