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Overnight Construction to Occur at City Parking Garage/Aloft Hotel Site at 51 Biltmore Avenue

ASHEVILLE, NC – Thursday, June 2, the construction of the Aloft Hotel/City Parking Garage at 51 Biltmore Avenue will meet a major milestone.  The first pour for the foundation of the building will occur from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.  The scale of the project requires a continuous flow of cement trucks through downtown Asheville which will affect portions of the following streets:

Meadow Road
Short McDowell
Southside Avenue
Coxe Avenue
Aston Street
South Lexington Avenue
Charlotte/South Charlotte Street
Patton Avenue
Northern section of Biltmore Avenue

A detailed map of the truck routes is available at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/uploadedFiles/News_and_Events/Progress/51BiltmoreCementTruckRouteMap.pdf.

An average of at least 20 trucks per hour can be expected throughout the various routes.  Trucks will be staged on Aston Avenue between Church Street and South Lexington Avenue to allow for concrete testing.   Site lighting will be necessary to conduct the testing but will be limited to this block.  After testing, all trucks will proceed from the staging area on Aston Avenue to the job site which will be accessed by South Lexington Avenue.

South Lexington Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.  Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are asked to use caution when traveling along the streets that are part of the cement truck routes.

The scale of the project requires the cement to be poured continuously.  An overnight-pour is necessary to eliminate the traffic congestion the concrete trucks would cause during the day.  Every effort was taken to minimize noise, light and traffic impacts in the work area when planning for this stage of the project.  However, some level of disruption in these impact areas should be expected.

A second pour will take place at the end of June.  Notice will be given when a date has been confirmed.

For general questions about the project contact City of Asheville Public Works Director Cathy Ball at 259-5939.  For specific concerns that occur on the night of the pour, contact the Public Works Duty Officer at 828-707-7578.

This release and additional project details can be found at:  http://www.ashevillenc.gov/news/default.aspx?id=26178.

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