Updates on the Carter-Ann-Patton stormwater improvement project

Press release from City of Asheville:

Work progresses steadily on the Carter-Ann-Patton Stormwater Improvements Project. City staff want to update the community on what to expect as the project enters its next phase.

Phase 5 – Patton Ave. structure installation between Ann St. and French Broad Ave.
As construction moves along Patton Avenue during this phase, here are some impacts to keep in mind. As with any construction project, work can be impacted by weather and can cause delays.

Patton Ave.:  Full road closure: Night Only (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
Starting Sunday, September 17, at  7:00 p.m. contract work will begin that spans across Patton Ave. from the south to the north side. To ensure crew and community safety,  there will be a full road closure from N. French Broad Ave. down to N. Ann Street. This will take place at night only (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) to minimize traffic disruption and impact on area businesses and the community.  To further minimize impact, the area will be open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the duration of this phase.  Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks.  Detour signs will be posted.

Patton Ave.: One-lane Daytime Closure (approx 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Starting on the morning of Monday, September 18, contract work to bring the sidewalk on the south side of Patton Ave. into ADA compliance will begin from S. Ann St. to S. French Broad. During the day,  one eastbound lane of Patton Ave, adjacent to the sidewalk, will be closed. The second eastbound lane and both westbound lanes of Patton Ave. remain open. Pedestrians may continue to use the sidewalk on the north side of Patton Ave.

Part of the sidewalk work also involves the removal of unsalvageable trees. These trees will be replaced with a variety more suitable to an urban environment.

Improvements being made throughout this project:

Reduced area flooding and stormwater system upgrades
New ADA-accessible sidewalks on Patton Ave.
New high-visibility crosswalks in the project area
Street resurfacing with manhole utility cover adjustments
Lamp posts in keeping with existing historical style
Planting trees on Patton Ave. more suited to thrive in an urban setting
-Staff, with over 20 years of experience as an Asheville-specific arborist, assessed the project to provide several options for tree varieties as replacement options
-Staff worked with the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) for input and review of appropriate tree options
-Only those that cannot thrive in their current position or those discovered to have disease will be replaced
-The trees will be replaced in the fall during their optimal planting season.

More about the Project and community benefits:
Get a complete overview of the project on the City of Asheville website, or check out this quick reference video.

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