The City of Asheville’s River Arts District Transportation Improvement Plan includes multimodal upgrades for 2.2 miles of formerly run-down industrial property. It called for the creation of three greenways, six acres of open space, rerouting of a road, bike lanes, sidewalk, parking, trees; and specialties like a pollinator garden, an experimental stormwater garden, a boat ramp, and historical preservation and interpretation for the old smokestack. The project was first budgeted at $48.6 million, which included grants of $17.6 million from the federal government, $5.3 million mostly of federal pass-through funds from the state, $2.5 million from the Tourism Development Authority (TDA), and $300,000 from Buncombe County. To date, the city has invested $13.5 million on the project, in design, land acquisition, demolition, and utility relocation. The new projects were bid out, but on the first round, there was insufficient response, so the projects were rebid; and when the new bids were opened, city staff was looking at a $26 million overrun. Leadership quickly entered negotiations with the Federal Highway Administration and the TDA to determine which projects could be scrapped without jeopardizing their grants. Three greenways were deprioritized and defunded, and plans for multimodal streetscapes were pared down. Then, council appropriated another $6 million for the improvement plan.