Haw Creek ‘open pit mining’? Repaving Brevard Road in sight?

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart answers, and the real deal:

Question: Does the city operate the Blue Ridge? Of course not, but the city launched a project at the foot of these ancient hills months ago but never came to fruition, leaving a gaping wound in the landscape. The project consists of the construction of a small parking lot at Masters Park on Maple Drive in Haw Creek. Masters Park is a serene wooded park with a winding path down the hills to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Before the parking lot, cars parked on a very narrow road near the trailhead. Trees were felled, the ground was excavated, and new trees were delivered but not planted. And now the project seems to have been abandoned. Does the city plan to complete this project and if so, when?

My answer: Honestly, how many “serene wooded parks” can a city support?

True answer: You can’t blame the city on this one.

“The Masters Park parking lot was started by the Haw Creek Community Association,” Asheville City Spokesperson Kim Miller said via email. “They oversee the construction and completion of the project.”

The project has the required permits.

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“The city, community association and their contractor are in communication about meeting building standards to complete the project,” Miller said.

A reader wants to know when the construction of a small parking lot at Masters Park in Haw Creek will be complete.

I contacted the neighborhood association and Bernard Arghiere, community liaison officer for the parking lot construction project, replied to me by e-mail on August 8th.

“The parking lot contractor is awaiting an order for concrete blocks, which are currently in short supply, to build an erosion control wall on the upper (east) side of the nine-space parking lot – needed to meet the city’s grade erosion code,” Arghiere said. “The hope is that work on the parking lot will resume by the end of August when those concrete blocks are available.”

Construction can be seen near Masters Park in Haw Creek.

I received an update on August 24 and Arghiere said the association is “still waiting for a backordered retaining wall block before construction resumes. We expect the block to be available by September 1st”.

Question: I lived in West Asheville near Brevard Road for nine years. During this time, I saw the stretch between the I-240 interchange and Haywood Road getting more and more battered and battered. It feels like riding a bicycle on a dirt road in the countryside, and there are literally trees growing on the side where the road meets the sidewalk. It was already ravaged by potholes, bumps and weird stains before they came through and replaced the storm drain system and other plumbing in recent years. I thought they would take the opportunity to repave the whole section. They do not have. They left all their strange spots and scars to further destroy the road. However, they recently repaved a stretch of a few hundred yards all around Morris Road, where the stormwater management project was concentrated. It’s so beautiful and creamy! But then they stopped. It’s been a week or two and I see no sign of anything else going on. Answer Dude, please tell me, are they gonna finish the job? Or let this busy stretch of road be destroyed and battered for another 10 years?

My answer: On a positive note, these trees growing out of curbs will help solve the tree canopy problem in Asheville. I’m starting a band which is now called “Save the Brevard Road Gutter Trees!” Maybe I need to work on that name…

True answer: The Asheville office of the North Carolina Department of Transportation had good news for this reader.

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“This section of Brevard Road (NC 191) is included in Buncombe County’s 2022 resurfacing contract,” Scott Killough, assistant maintenance engineer for NCDOT, said via email. “Pre-paving improvements have been completed for some of the items included in the contract, such as updating the wheelchair ramps to ADA standards. The paving contractor is expected to complete the project in the coming months.”

ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, by the way.

This is the opinion of John Boyle. To submit a question, contact him at 232-5847 or [email protected]

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