[EB 5547 A & B] Riverwalk Greenway
This project was originally known as the Riverwalk Greenway but was split into two different projects in 2023 which are identified in the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) as EB5547-A and EB5547-B. The location and scope of the project changed due to the inability to secure easements and being unable to meet NC Department of Transportation's hydraulic design criteria of the original design.
The purpose of the project is to improve east to west connectivity and safety for people traveling by bike or by foot. When the project is complete, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to travel from E. Cotton Avenue/Village Parkway to Veteran's Park with continuous sidewalk as well as bicycle improvements. The completed corridor will be nearly two miles long.
This project is identified in the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) as two projects, EB-5547A and EB-5547B.
Both projects include significant improvements to the intersection and bike lanes on NC-9 Hwy to Vance Avenue and Black Mountain Avenue. Moving west, the project will utilize existing sidewalks, minor sidewalk connections, sharrows on Terry Estate Drive, and a separate path at the westernmost section where it will connect to the existing In-the-Oaks Trail.
EB5547A: Moving west, this section of the project will utilize existing sidewalks, minor sidewalk connections, sharrows on Terry Estate Drive, and a separated path at the westernmost section where it will connect to the existing In-the-Oaks Trail.
EB5547B: This section includes significant improvements to the intersection of Midland Avenue and E. State Street, bike lanes on NC-9 Hwy to Vance Avenue and Black Mountain Avenue.
This project is identified in the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) as two projects, EB-5547A and EB-5547B which include 80% federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration which is passed through the NC Department of Transportation and allocated by the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
Construction is anticipated in 2025, largely depending on how long the NCDOT administrative process takes to complete. You may view the project schedule in the "Documents" section in the tab to the right.
This summary is only of the major events in the lengthy history of this project.
Riverwalk Greenway is identified in the Greenway Master Plan
French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBRMPO) funds preliminary design for alignment feasibility. The Town enters into an agreement with NCDOT on 11/9/2015 to construct a new multi-use path from existing Flat Creek Greenway trailhead to existing Riverside Greenway near Riverside Park and an extension west near NC 9 and existing culvert., programmed under Project EB-5547. The Town creates the capital project fund.
Hydro study for NCDOT culverts were subsequently denied by NCDOT for use.
Preliminary design occurs for 18 months
Town requests additional MPO funding for the project and entered into and supplemental agreement to add right of way (ROW) and Construction as eligible phases of work, adding funding and extending the completion date of the Project.
12 months are devoted to the Norfolk Southern Railroad rail crossing study.
Project is paused for six months between planning directors.
Project end points are extended to include the new Hampton Inn and In-the-Oaks to go along the river.
MPO awards additional funding.
Town signs contract with Michael Baker International Engineering Firm. NCDOT review takes a few months.
Property owners along the river section reject river alignment. New alignment is developed.
Preliminary engineering begins.
Town accepts financial support from Buncombe County.
Town applies for additional funding from MPO.
Preliminary engineering continues.
Initial 30% plans submitted to NCDOT.
Project fails NCDOT hydro requirements in August.
Alignment consideration continues through July.
Town Council votes to split the project into two separate projects and the FBRMPO approves the split and add funding. The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is amended to create EB-5547A and EB-5547B.
Contract with MBI amended becomes Section B
Phase A – (EB-5547A) - Begins at the intersection NC9 and Sutton Ave and ends at Black Mountain Ave.
Phase B– (EB-5547B) - Begins at Black Mountain Ave and ends at In The Oaks Trail. Phase B will be under a separate agreement.
Updating PE/ROW/Construction budget for STIP amendment begins in January and continues to the fall
Town approves 2nd Supplemental Agreement with NC Department of Transportation and new contract amendments with MBI for sections A and B.