Project To Improve Flood Management, Park Access
Changes are underway at a popular park to reduce flooding and fix traffic problems.
Asheville's Azalea Park Soccer Complex and the nearby dog park are on the banks of the Swannanoa River. The river left its banks last May and covered the soccer fields with water and mud. People using the park must drive along a narrow road with sharp curves.
The city is spending nearly $4 million to reduce the threat of flooding and increase the safety of drivers on the road. Workers are building a one-way entrance road and bridge between the recreation park and Azalea Park. A section of the narrow, twisting road will become a one-way exit road.
That construction will also include a water line to provide city water to the soccer complex. Workers will widen and change the course of the river near Gashes' Creek Road to reduce flooding upstream at the soccer fields.
The project should be completed in early December 2014.