Workshop set for the uplift of Hal Greer Blvd.

January 6, 2019

HUNTINGTON — People are invited to attend the next phase of the Hal Greer Boulevard Corridor Plan, which continues this week with multiday workshops.

It’s part of an ongoing effort to come up with roadway improvements along the thoroughfare involving congestion, flooding, connectivity, walkability and cyclist safety, among other things.

From Monday, Jan. 7, through Thursday, Jan. 10, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., people are invited to stop by Claver Church at 828 15th St. to give the project team feedback about their concerns.

A kickoff meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Thursday night will conclude with a meeting at the A.D. Lewis Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m., where results from the workshops will be presented.

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

The first phase of the project wrapped up in October and included research into the roadway’s creation and in-depth analysis of its current condition. The second phase began in November, when the public met with project leaders during a public symposium and discussed some of their concerns, marking on maps places where improvements could be made.

The project team released those maps Wednesday, showing places where people marked for possible bike paths, a pedestrian overpass and grocery stores. People are invited to take a survey about conditions on the roadway and view the maps by visiting www.completehalgreer.com.

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

This second phase is expected to wrap up in March.

Also Wednesday, project leaders released a map on the website analyzing reported crashes at intersections along the thoroughfare from 2013 to 2017. Of the 592 reported crashes, the most problematic intersection is Hal Greer and 8th Avenue, which had 66 crashes. The intersection with the second-highest number of crashes is the Interstate 64 on-and off-ramps, which had 62. This was followed by the intersection of Washington Boulevard, with 61 reported crashes. A total of 25 pedestrian or cyclist collisions were reported along the entire roadway. Between the 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue intersections, there were 110 crashes reported.

The final plan aims to suggest improvements to reduce crashes, including areas for better signage, clearer road markings and other traffic flow improvements.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.

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