From: Andy McKenzie
Date: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Merrimon Avenue Widening Project
Dear Kim Bereis,
I am writing you in regard to the NCDOT’s initial designs for the proposed widening of Merrimon Ave, project U-5781 and U-5782.
I am the third generation in my family to live in Asheville. My sons are the fourth. While I do not know what my father and grandfather, who lived north of Asheville, thought of Merrimon Avenue in their day I can assure you that NCDOT’s present proposal runs counter to everything I believe and understand about thoughtful planning.
As a frequent cyclist, pedestrian, driver and shopper along Merrimon Avenue, I encourage you to partnership with the City of Asheville’s Transportation Department. Specifically:
- Asheville in Motion (AIM)
- Asheville City 2025 Plan
- NCDOT’s Community Characteristics Report, US 25 (Merrimon Ave) King Street to Maney Avenue: Operational Improvements City of Asheville, Buncombe County (CCR)
- By providing an efficient multi-modal transportation network along Merrimon Avenue, access, mobility, and safety needs of motorists, transit users, bicyclists, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities are safely accommodated.
I encourage NCDOT to disregard its current proposal and develop one that incorporates the recommendations specified above and by those outlined by Asheville on Bikes.
Andrew S. McKenzie