The longest community development project in Haw Creek history–a new 4,000 foot sidewalk on New Haw Creek Road–has yet to break ground. Approved by Asheville voters as part of a 2016 bond referendum, the New Haw Creek Road sidewalk will run between Beverly and Bell roads–connecting two schools, the ballfields and pool, our commercial district, plus Haw Creek Park, the library and Tunnel Road–enabling residents to walk safely between these destinations.
We asked Jade Dundas, Capital Projects Director with the City of Asheville, for a project update and received the following response:
“We are presently in the process of acquiring right of way in order to construct this project. Work continues with our design consultant to finish up the design and submit the plans for final DOT review. Considering the remaining steps in design, we anticipate that the project will be bid by May of 2023….The project will begin soon after bidding and awarding next May. Construction is expected to take one year and the project will be completed by June 2024.”
The City recognizes that this is something the community has been anxiously anticipating and they’re requesting our patience. We will continue to follow up and report any new developments on this long-awaited project.