More water-line work ahead

Construction crews on Monday started another phase of the massive water-line repair and replacement plan paid for by a $40 million revenue bond that Asheville City Council approved last year.

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

• In West Asheville, work is scheduled to start Monday on Tanglewood Drive, then move to Dunwell Avenue, Pruitt and Tryon streets and Louisiana Avenue. Construction is expected to be finished by the end of June. After that, the work will move to Ormond Avenue, Dartmouth Street, Harvard Place, Princeton Drive, Florida Avenue, Mardell Circle, Bryant Street and Kendall Street.

• In the Royal Pines neighborhood, crews were expected to start work Monday on Weston Road, from Sweeten Creek to Pinehurst Circle. The work is expected to last for a year.

• Monday also saw the start of water-line work on Brevard Road. It will extend from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Clayton Road and end at Long Shoals Road. This project is also expected to last a year.

• Later this month, crews will begin work on Hendersonville Road, between Mills Gap Road and Buck Shoals Road.

During construction, roads will be narrowed to one lane, so drivers can expect delays, according to a city news release. Businesses and homeowners shouldn’t lose water service during the work. The water-line replacements and improvements are aimed at fixing the city’s crumbling infrastructure.

Work has already started on three big downtown projects on Eagle Street, Tunnel Road and College Street. There’s more work being done in the Kennilworth neighborhood.

The city plans to spend a total of $65 million to fix the system. Water customers will pay for the bonds and other repairs through a capital-improvement fee that already appears on bills.

— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor


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