Asheville River Arts District Transportation Improvement
NCDOT TIP # U-U5109
Project Type: Transportation improvement
Affected Counties: Buncombe
Estimated Cost: $ 73,991,000
The NCDOT will construct a 2.2-mile stretch of the Wilma Dykeman Riverway, a planned 17-mile multi-modal corridor in Asheville, along the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers. In addition to improved intersections and bridge reconstruction, the project includes roadway improvements, sidewalks, bike lanes, greenways, on-street parking, and storm water improvements along Lyman Street and Riverside Drive adjacent to the French Broad River. The project will address the horizontal and vertical clearance at the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge, accommodate truck turning movements at the intersection of Craven Street and Riverside Drive, and improve three railroad crossings in the area.
The River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) is the first piece of an urban, multimodal riverfront parkway in Asheville.
This project serves as the spine for all of Asheville's River Arts District innovation improvements. Those who favor the improvements suggest they are needed to encourage easier and safer accessibility and mobility in and around the district whether walking, biking, driving, or taking public transit.
Many residents and business owners are alarmed over proposed changes to the district's potential rezoning, suggesting on the Asheville River Gate Facebook* feed that it's a "backdoor way for the City to get rid of properties they deem not fitting within the tourist and development model they have planned."
- Citizen-Times: "Come see progress of $50M River Arts District project"
- Asheville River Gate website: "Jerry Sternberg Comments to Asheville City Council on Form Based Code in River Arts District"
- Right-of-way acquisition - December 2015
- Start Construction - Ongoing construction
More than 50 parcels of land will be affected by this project. Currently the DOT has set aside $5,600,000 for right-of-way takings. DOT right-of-way agents are expected to begin contacting affected owners in December 2015. At that time, significantly affected owners who have to relocate their businesses may start receiving 90-day notice letters from the DOT. Once received, landlords and tenants may have as little as 90 days to relocate their businesses.
If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation, or call 1-877-393-4990.