Opinions on Hal Greer Blvd.’s future sought

November 19, 2018

This view shows Huntington's Hal Greer Boulevard looking south. An upcoming symposium will allow members of the public to make recommendations about improving the roadway's future.

HUNTINGTON — People are being asked to give their opinions on the condition of Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington for a plan that will make recommendations about improving the roadway in the future.

Opinions will shape the Hal Greer Boulevard Corridor Plan, an effort to study conditions along the roadway and reach solutions to problems involving congestion, flooding, connectivity, walkability and cyclist safety, among

other things.

A public symposium will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the A.D. Lewis Community Center for project leaders to provide more information about the plan and to gather people’s feedback.

The project team is made up of members from the city of Huntington, the West Virginia Division of Highways, the KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission and Stantec Consulting Services, who have been working together since June.

The team will examine the boulevard, from 3rd Avenue to Huntington High School, and release a finalized plan by fall 2019. It will have goals for improvements and concept art of proposed changes.

The first phase of the project wrapped up last month and included research into the roadway’s creation and in-depth analysis of its current condition.

Now in the second phase, the team is gathering people’s opinions on using the roadway through a public survey, an online map and several symposiums. This phase is expected to last until March 2019 before entering the final phase, which puts all the information together for the finalized plan.

To make the plan a success, the project team needs to hear from people who use the boulevard every day, including residents, workers and Marshall University students, said Chris Chapman, landscape architect with the state Division of Highways.

“We just want to see what people are thinking around town and maybe get some of the large stakeholders, like the hospital or the university, to see if they have some kind of issues or opinion on anything around there,” he said.

Opinions gathered at the public symposium and through the online survey will influence design concepts and recommendations in the final plan.

The survey asks how often people use the roadway and what they primarily use it for. It also asks people to rate their biggest transportation and safety concerns.

An online map lets people plot points of interest and other areas for improvements, which others may make a comment on or “like.”

People may identify intersections where they would like to see a crosswalk, areas to improve beautification, places for potential business development and possible biking trail opportunities.

To take the online survey and use the public map, visit CompleteHalGreer.com.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-5261.

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