The City of Brevard works on various transportation projects, many of which are done in coordination with the N.C. Department of Transportation, each year. Search below to find out more about some of the current high-profile projects.
DRV CONNECTOR (R-5605)
PROJECT OVERVIEW & PURPOSE
The N C. Department of Transportation is building a new street called the "Davidson River Village (DRV) Connector" in the Pisgah Forest area. This new road will connect Asheville Highway (US 276/64) and Hendersonville Highway (US 64), a distance of approximately 0.8 miles. The purpose of this project is to provide a new connector from US 276/64 to US 64 as an access point for the Davidson River Village Project on the site of the old Ecusta plant.
Construction will include a roundabout at Ecusta Road and two bridges on the Hendersonville Highway end of the project across the Davidson River. The City has been working with NCDOT to design enhancements to the roundabout on Asheville Highway as a part of the City’s Asheville Highway corridor visioning project.
A donation of right of way on the Davidson River Village property decreased the project costs by approximately $900,000.
- August 2012: Feasibility study
- February 2016: Letting date
- April 2016: Work began
As of July 2020: 89% complete
Asheville Highway Roundabout
The City is working with NCDOT to install "betterments" in the roundabout where the new road will connect with Asheville Highway. Details of these designs were presented to City Council in July.
Downtown "UNBALANCED COUPLET" CONCEPT
The Caldwell Street widening project was the final phase in an overall traffic project called the "unbalanced couplet" in downtown Brevard. This concept creates two southbound lanes and one northbound lane on Caldwell Street and two northbound lanes and one southbound lane on Broad Street.
Improvements to Caldwell Street were identified in the 1998 Brevard Thoroughfare Plan when NCDOT conducted traffic studies in the community and identified several issues along Broad and Caldwell streets - specifically congestion, a high number of accidents and narrow pavement widths.
The Brevard Thoroughfare Plan, as well as several other subsequent plans, recommended the unbalanced couplet, which was developed in response to NCDOT’s suggestion to convert Broad and Caldwell streets into a pair of one-way streets to serve the current and future needs of traffic volume on U.S. 64.
The value of two-way streets has been identified as critical to the economic vitality of downtown business environments, and the city was not receptive to the idea of these major highways becoming one-way streets.
The unbalanced couplet allows NCDOT to provide progressive traffic signal one-way flow both eastbound (Broad Street) and westbound (Caldwell Street), while providing for one contra-flow travel lane to preserve critical access to downtown businesses.