The "West Loop" is a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) project that aims to reduce traffic congestion on Asheville Highway and Broad Street by providing local traffic an alternative and better connected route on the west side of town. If constructed, the West Loop would combine several existing roads, such as Railroad Avenue and Cashiers Valley Road, and add new road segments to make connections.
The West Loop is a low-speed, local-traffic road complete with bike lanes and sidewalks that would connect Asheville Highway to Rosman Highway on the western side of the city. The new road would serve as an alternate route for local drivers circulating within the city and provide safer conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists. The reduced local traffic on Broad Street/Asheville Highway will help relieve congestion on US Highways 64 & 276. The improvements would include the addition of on-street parking in the growing Railroad Avenue neighborhood.
NCDOT first identified this project as a part of their 1997 Thoroughfare Plan. Subsequent Thoroughfare Plans in 2003, 2005 and 2007 retained the West Loop as a project for future funding. The City of Brevard is conducting its own study ahead of the state in order to evaluate potential alignments and determine the community's preferred option which will be presented to NCDOT.
The City of Brevard and engineering consultant firm CDM Smith hosted public workshops on June 7th to receive feedback on preliminary alignments. Another round of workshops was held September 28th to review revised alignment options based on feedback from the June meetings. The project team will continue to develop revised alignment options based upon public feedback and other factors.
If you were unable to attend the latest workshop, you can download the comment form below, fill it out, and return it to City Hall.
Check this page for information about future public workshops and input opportunities.