The first phase of ART Transit Station improvements have begun! Local contractor NHM Constructors is mobilizing for the stormwater drainage improvement project to the bus travel lanes and sidewalk.
The construction crew will begin on the north side of the bus travel lanes.
The contractor anticipates that around April 22, passengers riding on buses that normally travel through the northbound lanes will need to be loaded on Asheland Avenue. Look for an ambassador at the station to direct you, to help guide riders to the temporary loading zone. iRide and ART text alert subscribers will receive notifications about the construction impacts as they occur.
The ART Station waiting room and restrooms will remain open. Riders will load onto the southbound travel lanes as usual during this phase. For safety, a fence will be put in place to separate riders from the construction.
Once the northbound lanes are completed, they will be reopened and the southbound lanes will be fenced off for the stormwater work. Passengers who ride buses normally on the northbound lane will then get on the bus on Asheland Avenue.
The city will make every effort to mitigate impacts to riders and the buses will run as scheduled.
This portion of the station renovation is expected to last about three months.
Once the stormwater installation is complete, bus operations will return to normal before the station renovation will begin this summer, 2019. The renovation will improve the passenger experience by updating digital displays, renovating the passenger waiting area and bathrooms and updating the lighting. Of note, this phase of the project will also incorporate the installation of solar panels on the ART Station passenger canopy, making this the City of Asheville’s first fully renewable energy project.
This phase of the project is expected to begin in the latter part of June and last through the end of the year, possibly into winter 2020. Again, the City will make every effort to mitigate impacts to our valued riders and the buses will run as scheduled. Again, riders will at times need to be loaded onto buses on Asheland Avenue.
Find more information at this link on the City of Asheville website.