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Merrimon Widening Comment

Andy: NCDOT’s present proposal runs counter to everything I believe and understand about thoughtful planning

From: Andy McKenzie
Date: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Merrimon Avenue Widening Project
To: kbereis@hntb.com

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:

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.

Respectfully,
Andrew S. McKenzie