As a lifelong citizen of Woodfin and Asheville, I am profoundly disappointed by the Woodfin's town administrator, Jason Young, being in favor of the proposed "roundabout" project, especially considering that very few were in favor of this project last Tuesday (May 18).
This "roundabout" is not only unnecessary but obviously frivolous; Young gave no purpose for it other than to ease the "flow of traffic." I come and go through this area in question nearly every day and there are hardly any "traffic flow" problems except under such extraordinary circumstances as bridge construction, rock slides, blizzards and presidential visits.
Reputable business owners in this area seem to feel the same way.
Here are two projects Woodfin needs to do that are necessary yet have been neglected: removal of downed tree limbs on Weaverville Highway that have been there for months, and putting in sidewalks along this highway.
On the other hand, this proposed "roadblock" project would cause numerous complications. All local businesses would be negatively impacted because of the awful mess the lengthy construction of this project would create. It would also be a money sinkhole. Then, it could turn out to not improve "flow of traffic" at all. Also of note is that this is a regular police route which also makes it an inappropriate place for such road obstructions. Many Woodfin citizens, myself included, agree that this proposed "roundabout" is absolutely ridiculous and a terrible loss of money for this town! I strongly urge Mr. Young to reconsider his decision.
— David Hall