I am appalled at the complete disregard shown to the residents of Asheville by NCDOT.
While it would be a dereliction of duty to simply not consult stakeholders, the current course of action actively ignores existing policies, standards and proposals concerning urban transportation, both locally and State wide.
The current NCDOT plan is a huge step backwards in transportation thinking. Locally (and nationally), plans are being implemented for safe, community scale improvements to infrastructure. A “Bigger is Better” approach has echoes of failed mid century HUD and FHA bulldoze and pave projects which adversely impact many urban areas to this day.
Learn from the past and listen to citizens (and professionals).
We want a more connected, livable, accessible city.
GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT.