Press release from New Belgium Brewery.
While Haywood Road is our approved truck route, we agree that it is not the preferred truck route and over the last 10 months, we’ve been working with partners to consider other routes. Once RADTIP* is complete, the infrastructure will be in place for the majority of our trucks to use Riverside Drive north. Until then, we’ve found a way to keep half of our shuttle trucks off of Haywood Road.
“The community’s collective voice and willingness of neighborhood leaders and City staff to engage in this exploration is what enabled this solution,” says Jay Richardson, New Belgium Asheville General Manager. “The dialogue and engagement around this process and relationships that have developed are what’s important to us.”
We are leasing custom trailers 12” shorter in height for our shuttle trucks to navigate the railroad trestle bridge on Riverside Drive north of Craven Street prior to improvements, and will continue to use that route as long as it is navigable, or until City roadway improvements get underway in that area. The City of Asheville committed to minor adjustments to the Craven Street and Riverside Drive intersection to enable trucks to navigate the community’s preferred route and help alleviate traffic in that area.
Shuttle trucks going between our Craven Street brewery and Enka Distribution Center (DC), after we open, will be transporting raw materials and packaged beer. Over the last two years, we’ve worked with neighborhood leaders, City staff and trucking logistics experts to minimize shuttle truck trips from the brewery to DC while Riverside Drive north is navigable, prior to RADTIP improvements. Haywood Road will be used as a route for trucks unable to navigate Riverside Drive north.
Shuttle truck trips between the brewery and distribution center will increase as production increases. While Riverside Dr. is navigable, Haywood Road will see half of those shuttle trips, or about 13 trips per day, at maximum, traveling between the brewery and distribution center.
Anticipated shuttle truck traffic:
- Early 2016 – 4 trips/2 trucks per day
- Late 2016 – an average of 12 trips/6 trucks daily
- 2020 (full production): an average of 26 trips/13 trucks per day, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Saturday
In addition to shuttle trucks, vendor trucks will deliver raw materials and we will work with them on the best routing solutions. We have arranged for some raw materials delivered direct to the DC, rather than the brewery. We will use our return trips to transport some of our raw materials to and from the brewery and decreasing our truck trips to the brewery by about 10 per week. Vendor truck trips are estimated at between 8 and 13 trips per day/ 4 and 6.5 trucks daily Monday through Friday, depending on the season and production. If vendor trucks can navigate Riverside Drive north, we will work with them to do so.
Shuttle Truck Route Details
To minimize trucks on Haywood Rd., we are directing outbound shuttle trips traveling from our brewery to our Enka distribution center (DC) to use Riverside Drive north. Inbound shuttle trucks will use Haywood Road, as the turning radius from Riverside Drive onto Craven Street going south does not allow for incoming trucks to use that same route. We are leasing custom trailers 12” shorter in height to navigate the railroad trestle bridge on Riverside Drive north of Craven Street, and will continue to use that route as long as it is navigable, or until City roadway improvements get underway in that area. The City of Asheville committed to minor adjustments to the Craven Street and Riverside Drive intersection to enable trucks to navigate the community’s preferred route and help alleviate traffic in that area.
We started on-going discussions with neighborhood leaders in summer 2012, driven mostly by the community’s concerns about our trucks and evolving into a community advisory group over the last three years. In early 2013, the East West Asheville Neighborhood Association circulated a petition and spoke to City Council, expressing support of New Belgium and opposing the use of Haywood Road and Hanover Streets as the primary truck route for the brewery.
At that meeting, City Council asked City staff to prioritize the RADTIP improvements north of Craven Street on Riverside Drive, increase the scope of the project to include addressing the trestle clearance, and adopt a budget $220,000 budget amendment to provide multi-modal access from Craven to Beechum’s Curve. We committed to exploring options to minimize truck traffic on Haywood Road and committed $50,000 to the multi-modal improvements on Haywood Road.
*The City’s RADTIP addresses a 2.2 mile portion of the 17-mile corridor of the June 2004 Wilma Dykeman Riverway Master Plan along the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers. The plan identifies, among other things, infrastructure improvements needed to activate Asheville’s river district.Share this article to...