The River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project, aka RAD TIP,  aims to improve the transportation infrastructure on a 2.2 mile stretch of roadway which includes Lyman Street and a portion of Riverside Drive on the east bank of the French Broad River as it travels thru the River Arts District.

The project has received $1.5 million in 2013 froth City of Asheville, which completed the design work for this project, making it "shovel ready".  Construction funding has also been committed in the COA 5 year CIP.

The final project will improve the transportation infrastructure by upgrading and re-aligning the roadway, adding measures to control stormwater, constructing greenways (multi-use trails), adding sidewalks, constructing turn lanes at intersections (as needed), and possibly adding other amenities such as on-street parking, transit stops, and landscaping.

The project is a 2.2 mile section of the larger Wilma Dykeman RiverWay, a 17-mile corridor along the French Broad River and Swannanoa River. This project focuses on improvements to the public infrastructure in which would support implementation of a portion of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Master Plan.

The RAD TIP Phase One was completed in January 2013 and the Phase Two consulting team from CDM/Smith has been awarded a $2.2 million contract to complete the design of this project thru 100% construction drawings. On January 14. 2014, Asheville City Council approved this additional expenditure.  Asheville City Council has asked for particular focus on the intersection of Craven Street & Riverside Drive to explore possible configurations that might be able to address neighborhood concerns about truck traffic/travel routes in & out of the New Belgium Brewery.

In September 2014, the City of Asheville received $14.5 million from the US Department of Transportation's Tiger 6 Grant Funding for implementation of the RAD TIP. In addition, $5 million has been earmarked by the NC STP-DA program thru the French Broad River MPO.  All totaled, the suite of projects included will cost in the neighborhood of $50 million....

COA contact for RAD TIP is Dan Bechtold.

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