This summary is only of the major events in the lengthy history of this project.
Riverwalk Greenway is identified in the Greenway Master Plan
Hydro study for NCDOT culverts denied by NCDOT for use
MPO funds preliminary design for alignment feasibility
Town creates capital project fund
Preliminary design occurs for 18 months
Town requests MPO funding for project funding
12 months are devoted to the rail crossing study
Project is paused for six months between planning directors
Project end points extended to include Hampton Inn and In-the-Oaks to go along the river
MPO awards additional funding
Town signs contract with MBI. NCDOT review takes a few months.
Property owners 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
30% plan submitted to NCDOT
Project fails NCDOT hydro requirements in August
Alignment consideration continues through July
Town Council votes to split the project. The STIP is amended to create EB-5547A and EB-5547B.
Contract with MBI amended becomes Section B
End points for Section A determined (Sutton Avenue/NC-9 Hwy to Black Mountain Avenue)
Town approves new contract with MBI for A and B
Updating PE/ROW/Construction budget for STIP amendment begins in January and continues to the fall