Charlotte Street Road Diet

City of Asheville, Buncombe County, NC


City of Asheville
161 S Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801


July 2020


TPD was the lead for a project to implement a road diet on Charlotte Street in Asheville, NC. Charlotte Street is a 0.5-mile urban arterial street undergoing a conventional road diet from 4 to 3 lanes with bike lanes. TPD lead on the following services:

- Corridor safety & traffic design

- Concept Plan & graphics

- ADA accommodations

- Bike lane design

- Full Design Plans and cost estimates

- Utility coordination

- Bidding/Construction documentation

- Engineering support services during construction

TPD assembled a team of specialists that lead other aspects of the project, including survey, stormwater design and public involvement. TPD provided support on a number of these services.

This was a unique project as it had been studied extensively over the last 20 years; with local funding availability, the client desired an accelerated design and construction schedule. The team moved from design to construction bidding in just eight (8) months, navigating complex public engagement with varying stakeholders throughout the project.

Demonstrating the team’s flexibility, changes in project scope presented an opportunity to incorporate pedestrian infrastructure improvements mid-way through project design. Not knowing the precise funding available for these improvements, TPD identified priority pedestrian improvements for ADA accessibility and was able to have these projects in the pipeline as funding was approximated. The team was able to incorporate these critical pedestrian and accessibility improvements into the final design of the project to ensure that the outcome of the project achieved community desires.

TPD is also completing an evaluation study of before and after metrics to measure how well the project achieved stated goals.

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