Ask 13: Why are so many big trucks traveling through south Asheville?

"I live off of Bradley Branch Road. Every day, all day, for months, (maybe over a year?) so many of these waste management side dump trucks are coming and going from Rockwood Road/Bradley Branch to I-26 east," Cheryl Carnahan Chambers wrote to Ask 13. "What are they doing?" (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The constant rumble of trucks in one south Asheville neighborhood has some people concerned.

It's happening in an area just south of Lake Julian. Big 18-wheelers are making routine runs, but what they're carrying is a mystery.

"I live off of Bradley Branch Road. Every day, all day, for months, (maybe over a year?) so many of these waste management side dump trucks are coming and going from Rockwood Road/Bradley Branch to I-26 east," Cheryl Carnahan Chambers wrote to Ask 13. "What are they doing?"

The big rigs are coming and going from the Duke Power Plant on Lake Julian.

Duke Energy has been busy working around the plant to prepare for the conversion from coal to natural gas. But they're also under pressure to remove coal ash that has been stored in pits on the property.

News 13 contacted a Duke spokesperson to find out what's in the trucks.

"The trucks are transporting ash to a lined landfill in Georgia," Megan Henderson, who's with corporate communications for Duke Energy, said in an email. "North Carolina state law requires Duke Energy to excavate and relocate ash from the Asheville plant to a lined facility and to close the basins by August 2022."

Henderson said they've already hauled off all the ash from the first two basins in 2016. The trucks are now hauling ash from the remaining basin.

Henderson didn't provide any specifics about when they might be completed, but she did express her appreciation for the community's patience.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@wlos.com.

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