Posts From July, 2019

Duke Energy Targeted Underground Program 

The Town has requested for Duke Energy to consider burying power lines throughout Biltmore Forest. Duke Energy has informed the Town that they intend to begin design on a targeted underground program within the next few weeks. The result of this design process is that Duke Energy engineers will be in and around the Town and on individual properties analyzing existing power services. These engineers will have Duke Energy credentials and be authorized to review the power systems in and around the Town. If the targeted underground program commences, construction is not likely to begin until the summer of 2020.

Duke Energy representatives will be present at the Board of Commissioner's next meeting on July 9th at 4:30 p.m. to discuss this project. The local Duke Energy representative for this project is Landon Williams. Mr. Williams may be reached at (828) 275-1965. For more information on the targeted underground program, please visit Duke Energy's website at this link

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, July 5, 2019 4:02:00 PM

Vanderbilt Road/Cedarcliff Road All-Way Stop Implementation 

All-Way Stop Begins Monday, July 29th

The Town is implementing a traffic change at the intersection of Cedarcliff and Vanderbilt Roads. On Monday, July 29, 2019, this intersection will change to an all way stop. This means that traffic on both Cedarcliff and Vanderbilt Roads must come to a complete stop at this intersection.

The Town is changing the traffic pattern at this intersection due to the limited line of sight for vehicles traveling on Cedarcliff Road (from either direction). The Police Department has responded to accidents and many “near-misses” in this location. The Town understands this is a dramatic change in the traffic pattern along Vanderbilt Road. The Town engaged an engineering firm to prepare a detailed schedule for the implementation of this change and provide recommendations on meeting state and federal requirements for notice and signage related to this change. 

Significant signage, including electronic message boards, will be placed along Vanderbilt Road before the full implementation of this change to alert motorists to the change. The first message boards will be placed on Vanderbilt Road Monday, July 8, 2019. One week before the all way stop implementation, additional temporary signage will be installed detailing when the change will occur. On implementation day (Monday, July 29, 2019), more temporary signage will be installed and the Town's Police Department will maintain a heavy presence in the area to ensure that all drivers are aware of the changed traffic pattern.

The Town previously notified residents via the newsletter in June. On Monday, July 1, 2019, the Town implemented a reduced speed limit in this section of Vanderbilt Road. This reduced speed limit is another segment of the traffic mitigation plan for this section of Vanderbilt Road.

Please feel free to contact the Biltmore Forest Town Hall or Police Department with any questions or concerns. 

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, July 5, 2019 3:51:00 PM