City Begins Improvements on Craven Street

By on July 29, 2014

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Craven Street Cross Section concept drawing from the City’s website.
Completed project will:

  • Improve Craven Street from Haywood Road to Emma Road: the road will be widened to the east of the current layout in order to accommodate trucks and will include bike lanes, necessary storm-water infrastructure, and an ADA compliant sidewalk on Craven Street from Haywood Road to the Craven Street Bridge.
  • Realign the intersection of Craven Street and Hazel Mill Road to significantly improve transportation navigation issues and increase public safety.

From City of Asheville website: Posted July 17, 2014

On Monday, July 21, work will begin on the Craven Street improvement project in west Asheville, a long-term enhancement that will include multi-modal roadway improvements including pedestrian and bike facilities, stormwater Best Management Practices and stream restoration, low impact parking and greenway construction and water line improvements. Find background and updates at the city’s Projects Page

The duration of the project will last from July 21, 2014 through December of 2015. The majority of the roadway work will take place during the next 6 months. As this is an active construction project, there will be heavy construction equipment in the area for the duration of the project.

During the remainder of July and the beginning of August, work will focus on clearing and grubbing activities, placement of the stormwater conveyance systems and other utilities, and existing asphalt removal. The project also involves a comprehensive improvement to the unnamed creek that starts along Waynesville Avenue and drains through the New Belgium Brewery site into the French Broad River.

Full road closures are not expected during this initial phase of the project, though delays and lane closures can be anticipated. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes where possible.

Beginning August 25, work will expand into roadway culvert improvements with Craven Street closed in the direction Haywood Road for the duration of work, which is expected to last until the end of September.

The Craven Street improvement project is located in the area surrounding the New Belgium Brewery construction site and is the City of Asheville’s portion in a public-private partnership with The State of North Carolina, North Carolina Golden Leaf Foundation, NCDOT, Clean Water Management Trust Fund, Buncombe County, the Economic Development Administration, and the Asheville–Buncombe Economic Development Coalition and others in support of New Belgium Brewing’s investment of $175 million in our community.


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