Ask 13: Why is the Cedar Street bridge still 1 lane?
Stop lights and a single lane of traffic crossing an Asheville bridge is frustrating drivers in the neighborhood.
The traffic lights and the single lane across the bridge on Cedar Street in the Oakley community began some time before November. The city made the traffic pattern change to allow for repairs that are taking longer than expected.
"Why do they have a red light up and down to one lane at the bridge where Wood Avenue and Cedar meet? It's been up since late fall, and they have done nothing," Belinda Foster Clark wrote Ask 13.
City officials said in November the bridge repairs were somewhat complicated because the bridge spans an active railroad track. Staff said then the repairs would be completed in a few weeks and the lights would not be permanent.
The delay has some people wondering what is going on.
"We have awarded the bridge repairs to a local construction company, and we are working diligently with the railroad to obtain the required permits and insurance to conduct the repairs," City of Asheville spokesperson Christina Hallingse said in an email. "This type of preconstruction activity can be a lengthy process and is required to be done for safety considerations and rail traffic coordination."
Translation: there's been some delays with getting the necessary permits and permission to begin the work. Hallingse also pointed out that traffic was reduced to one lane to reduce stress on the bridge until the repairs can be made. She said permission is almost complete and the project should begin in the near future.
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