By Noah Robins, SBTDC/PTAC counselor at Western Carolina University
In April 2014, the City of Asheville submitted an application to the Federal Highway Administration to fund six interconnected transportation projects through the TIGER VI Program. In November 2014, the US Secretary of Transportation visited Asheville to announce that the city was awarded a $14.6 million Federal award to support the development of several projects, including:
- RADTIP (including Five Points Roundabout)
- The Clingman Forest and Town Branch Greenways
- French Broad River West Greenway
- Livingston Street Complete Street
The estimated cost for purchasing right of way and construction is $37 million. These projects have been in the planning phase since 2010 and are now moving into the construction phase. The City of Asheville selected Beverly Grant /Barnhill Contracting JV to be the construction manager for preconstruction services. The work will include asphalt trail construction, boardwalk structures, bridge structures, associated storm water management features, landscaping, construction of a roundabouts, intersection improvements, traffic signal upgrades, curb and gutter, signs and markings, on-road bicycle facilities, parallel greenway trail, on-street parking, sidewalks, streetscape, street furniture, public art and other amenities.
The first phase includes construction of a 2.2 mile section 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 improve 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 City and prime contractors encourage maximum participation from diverse small businesses. For full project information and updates, visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/community/riverfront/radtip/project_updates.htm. For subcontracting opportunities with Beverly Grant / Barnhill, visit https://www.barnhillplanroom.com/details.php?job=256&jobName=Tiger+VI+Suite+of+Projects