The city of Asheville could use funds. In my neighborhood, we have a speeding issue. I live on Brevard Road between Haywood Road and the [Interstate] 240/26 interchange. The speed limit between those two points is 30 mph. Regularly, drivers will have at times speeds exceeding 60 mph. Maybe the name should be changed to Brevard Raceway.
It seems to me that some regular traffic enforcement would yield the city many dollars in collected fines and also make Brevard Road just a little bit safer. Many times, I hear screeching brakes as people speed to the light at Haywood Road. Since I have lived here, I have seen two major accidents requiring the replacement of telephone poles. When folks turn off Haywood to head toward the highway, many times they just open it up. The noise of the engines is unbearable at times.
The speed limit on Haywood Road is 20 mph in downtown West Asheville. Why the difference between the two roads? I understand that Brevard Road (route 191) is a state road, yet the city maintains it. I understand the need for emergency vehicles to use this road to speed to their destinations. They have sirens to warn bystanders and other drivers.
Beyond that, there is no excuse for the complete lack of traffic enforcement here. Over the years I have lived here, several calls to the police have yielded zero results. Perhaps this letter will. If so, a safer, quieter, happier neighborhood will become at ease. Then the city may receive some much-needed cash.
— Steven Howard