The N.C. Department of Transportation, in partnership with the City of Asheville, is working with the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, Buncombe County, local NCDOT staff and others to determine the appropriate roadway design for the proposed improvements.
Biologists, architectural historians, archaeologists and community planners will conduct field surveys of the project study area during summer and fall of 2018 to assess the natural and human environments present within the area. Results of the surveys will be detailed in various reports, including a community characteristics report.
In addition, discussions are underway about including sidewalks and bicycle lanes as part of the proposed improvements. The project team anticipates holding a project scoping meeting with the regulatory resource agencies in November 2018, after which, work on the preliminary designs will begin. Before identifying a design option, NCDOT will hold a public meeting to get input from the public and other project stakeholders who wish to comment on a preferred plan of action or suggest other alternatives or improvements.
Once designs are ready, NCDOT will hold another public meeting to present detailed designs for review and comment. NCDOT will notify the public through various channels including on this project webpage, social media, local papers and direct mailings to property owners, business owners and residents in the project study area.