City of Asheville Provides Update on the Carter-Ann-Patton Stormwater Improvement Project

Work progresses steadily on the Carter-Ann-Patton Stormwater Improvements Project, with construction on the S. Ann portion nearing completion. City staff want to update the community on what to expect as the project enters its next phase.

Phase 2 – Turning the corner (literally)
As construction moves toward Patton Avenue over the summer months, here are some impacts to keep in mind. As with any construction project, weather can impact work and cause delays.

South Ann Street Access:
Starting Monday, May 15, the upper portion of S. Ann St. was fully closed to traffic.  Access to the lower part of S. Ann Street, from Pearl Street, remains open.


Work to begin on Patton Ave
It is anticipated sidewalk replacement along Patton Ave. will begin in late May. A sectional approach to the construction will be taken to allow pedestrian traffic to continue in a safe manner. The first section to be addressed will be the area between Pearl St. and S. Ann St.

Minimal Impact on Traffic:
As sidewalk works take place, teams will use one lane of Patton Ave. as a pedestrian access lane. This will have a slight impact on eastbound traffic. Lane closures will be less than a block as work begins.

Improvements being made throughout this project:

  • Reduced area flooding and stormwater system upgrades
  • New ADA-accessible sidewalks on Patton Ave.
  • New high-visibility crosswalks in the project area
  • Street resurfacing with manhole utility cover adjustments
  • Lamp posts in keeping with existing historic style
  • Planting trees on Patton Ave. more suited to thrive in an urban setting
  • Staff, with over 20 years of experience as an Asheville-specific arborist, assessed the project to provide several options for tree varieties as replacement options
  • Staff worked with Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) for input and review of appropriate tree options
  • Only those that cannot thrive in their current position or those discovered to have disease will be replaced
  • The trees will be replaced in the fall during their optimal planting season.

More about the Project and community benefits:

Get a complete overview of the project on the City of Asheville website, or check out this quick reference video.

Written by the City of Asheville.