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Charlotte Street Plan
Asheville City leaders discuss whether to put Charlotte Street on a "road diet" to improve safety. The results of a traffic study were presented to council members at Tuesday's meeting.
Last year, city officials paid $50,000 to study Charlotte Street north of I-240. A consulting firm from Raleigh looked at reducing the number of lanes from four to three, widening the sidewalks and adding two bicycle lanes.
After analyzing several different intersections the study showed a mixed impact on the community. The city's transportation director, Ken Putnam, says something leaders did learn is that driveway access along the road may hold the city back from moving forward with any plans.
Council members decided to send the traffic study to Planning and Economic Development. From there, the committee will recommend to council what they feel the best options are for the Charlotte Street corridor.
The city will post the entire study to their website.