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Cyclists, city council oppose DOT's proposal to add Merrimon turn lane

Cyclists pedaled Tuesday to protest a proposed widening project on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Cyclists pedal to protest a proposed widening project on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.

The DOT has a plan to widen a half-mile stretch of the road from about King Street to Fenner Avenue.

The cyclists don't like the plan, and neither does Asheville City Council.

Asheville on Bikes stands with city council against the DOT's plan to widen that part of Merrimon.

The plan involves adding an extra turn lane to the portion of Merrimon roughly between King Street and Edgewood, to alleviate some of the traffic.

These bikers agree with city leaders that an additional lane on Merrimon is a bad idea.

"Every time you increase road width, that adds more traffic which adds more congestion," said Asheville on Bikes director Mike Sule.

Sule says his group would rather see more public transit and safe sidewalks instead of an extra lane.

City council is expected to approve a resolution against the DOT's plan.


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