CoA to resurface portions of South Lexington in Downtown Asheville starting June 19

June 17, 2011

City of Asheville street crews will begin a resurfacing project on South Lexington between Aston Street and Patton Avenue Sunday June 19, milling up the old asphalt in preparation for repaving over the following week. Drivers should be prepared for traffic closures between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. while work is underway. Sidewalks are expected to remain open, but pedestrians may experience delays associated with construction.

S. Lexington pic

This section of South Lexington between Aston St. and Patton Ave. will get a new surface and bike lane.

The resurfacing is expected to be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting. Street cuts for multiple utility upgrades in that area have created the need for new paving, and the City of Asheville is taking the opportunity to adjust the traffic pattern there, adding a climbing lane for bicycles on the uphill side and shared lane markings on the downhill side.

That move advances a city goal to increase Asheville’s accessibility by bicycles and other forms of alternative transportation, says Transportation Planner Barb Mee.

“The climbing lane gives a slower-moving bicyclist a place to be and allows faster-moving motor vehicles to pass bicycles more easily,” Mee says. “And the shared lane chevron markings on the down hill side alerts motorists to expect bicyclists in the travel lane.”

Neighborhood Coordinator Marsha Stickford says the project will be coordinated so that businesses along South Lexington will still be accessible during the resurfacing.

Click here to see a full press release about the project.

Questions or comments can be directed to Neighborhood Coordinator Marsha Stickford at mstickford@ashevillenc.gov or (828) 259-5506.

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5 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Allen Fromme  |  July 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    More bike trails-exclellent! It’s about time that planning included alternative forms of transit. Well Done

  • 2. Bill  |  July 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    The accessibility will bring more people to downtown Asheville…no doubt….Just look what it does for beach towns…people today are more health conscious than ever…what a positive improvement to the area.

  • 3. TomL  |  July 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    That’s really cool. Hopefully this will decrease the number of accidents as well.

  • 4. Yuo  |  July 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    That’s really cool. Hopefully this will decrease the number of accidents as well.

  • 5. Will  |  September 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    It would also be great if you could incorporate greener transportation like horseback and bike.

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