ASHEVILLE – The Craven Street improvement project underway in west Asheville moves to the next phase this week. The stormwater culvert section of the project underway since mid-July is complete and crews will shift to the realignment of Craven Street, Emma Road and Hazel Mill Road. Work along this section is anticipated to take through the spring of 2015. During that time, Craven Street will be closed between Waynesville Avenue and Hazel Mill Road, while a new four-way stop at Craven Street, Hazel Mill Road and Emma Road will be in place by the end of the week.

The section of Craven Street between Georgia Street and Waynesville Avenue will be open beginning Tuesday November 11, allowing access to Haywood Road from Waynesville Avenue.

The Craven Street improvement project is located in the area surrounding the New Belgium Brewery construction site and is the City of Asheville’s portion of a public-private partnership with the State of North Carolina, North Carolina Golden Leaf Foundation, NCDOT, Clean Water Management Trust Fund, Buncombe County, the Economic Development Administration, and the Asheville-Buncombe Economic Development Coalition and others in support of New Belgium’s investment of $175 million in the community.

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In summary:

  • Craven Street between Georgia and Waynesville will be open to thru traffic by Tuesday, November 11
  • Craven Street from Waynesville to Hazel Mill will be closed starting Tuesday, November 11 and through spring 2015
  • The bottom half of Hazel Mill Road is closed while a new four-way stop at Hazel Mill, Craven and Emma Rd. is being installed by the end of this week

Questions? Contact Marsha Stickford,

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