ACT Answer Man: Traffic Circle on Riverside Drive?

Asheville Citizen Times, John Boyle

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:

Question: (Note: I present this question in its original form just so you know what Answer Man is up against in deciphering your queries). I am hoping it is not too late to arrange for a TRAFFIC CIRCLE at the intersection of WEST HAYWOOD STREET  and RIVERSIDE DRIVE. tHE ANCIENT RUINED BUILDING AT THE nORTH eAST CORNER OF THIS INTERSECTION HAS just  BEEN REMOVED  And if anew building is built there, close to the intersection, we are all screwed.

My answer: THIS IS some sort of A CRAZY code that I’m WAY too slow TO MAKE A dent in, isn’t it? Maybe I’m just not LIVING right.

Real answer: I hope the answer below, from city of Asheville Transportation Planner Dan Baechtold, doesn’t send this reader into a full-on all-caps meltdown.

“The city of Asheville is about to begin a construction project to improve this intersection as part of the larger River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project, which is scheduled to start in a few months,” Baechtold said. “The changes will improve flow for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.”

The city and private developers have major plans for the River Arts District, formerly a largely industrial area that is now home to a mix of restaurants, studios, business and industry. Public monies being spent on the overhaul will reach $50 million in the next six years, although 44 percent of public money is coming from federal and state sources.

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