SEPI was selected by the City of Asheville to provide construction management and administration services for the City’s TIGER VI Suite of Projects in the River Arts District.
The City of Asheville’s support of regional transportation planning programs through the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City’s own Asheville In Motion (AIM) plan is establishing Asheville as a leader in safer, more effective multi-modal transportation plans and implementation. Its AIM plan seeks to improve pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and greenway accessibility City-wide.
In 2014, the City received a Federal TIGER Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve transportation in and around the River Arts District and Southside neighborhoods. The importance and magnitude of the TIGER VI Suite of Projects for the City of Asheville is substantial and sets the bar in support of AIM initiatives as a model of excellence for future transportation projects in the region.
SEPI is providing construction administration for six of the Federally-funded Tiger VI projects including three greenway and three roadway widening/improvement projects. Projects include:
Wilma Dykeman Riverway – RADTIP Phase + Greenway
SEPI provided construction administration and inspection oversight for the Wilma Dykeman Riverway Phase One project. This phase is also known as the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP). RADTIP consists of riverfront improvements along a 2.2-mile multimodal corridor. Improvements include road construction and relocation of a portion of roadway, additional upgrades to existing roadway, and installation of bridges, culverts, and retaining walls. Improvements also include construction of a roundabout, intersection improvements to enhance pedestrian traffic, water and sewer improvements, traffic signal upgrades, curb and gutter, off-road stormwater improvements, special signage, pavement markings, on-road bicycle facilities, a parallel greenway trail, on-street parking, sidewalks, streetscape amenities, street furniture, and public art.
Five Points – Roundabout
The Five Points intersection is a key location connecting the Riverway with the multimodal network in the Eastern section of the Riverway Area. The Five Points intersection is at the convergence of Lyman Street, Depot Street, Roberts Street, and Clingman Avenue, which makes it the primary connection point for vehicles accessing the Riverway Area. This portion of the project replaced a five-legged intersection that previously caused confusion among travelers and contributed to unsafe conditions for pedestrians. The new improvements now provide a fully functioning roundabout that increases vehicular capacity at the intersection, safety to pedestrian traffic, and now serves as a centerpiece to entering the district.