ASHEVILLE - The City of Asheville will make sidewalk improvements in three downtown areas through the course of the next month. Sidewalks damaged by tree roots outgrowing planting areas will be repaired and trees causing damage will be replaced with more appropriate species.
This project is part of an ongoing effort to improve the pedestrian experience downtown and create a healthy and attractive urban forest by planting and maintaining species of trees that are best adapted for urban conditions. It is a coordinated effort between the city’s sidewalk crews and arborist to create safe, ADA-compliant sidewalks while maintaining the charm of Asheville’s tree-lined downtown streets.
Additional sites will be identified and repaired between now and early spring. Trees will be replaced as quickly as possible although, at times, there may be a delay due to the availability of selected species. “This is a great opportunity to merge safety and beautification efforts,” said Greg Shuler, streets and engineering manager for the city’s public works department. “Trees play an important role in the city’s urban landscape and can thrive without impacting infrastructure when the right species are planted.”
Project areas for the month of January:
North side of Patton Avenue between Clingman Avenue and Main Street
North side of Patton Avenue between Otis Street and 101 Patton Avenue
Walnut Street between Broadway Avenue and North Market Street