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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 259-5506.