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Huntington holds 1st public meeting Monday on Hal Greer Boulevard Corridor Plan

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Some changes are in the works for what some consider “the front door of Huntington,” Hal Greer Boulevard which connects the Cabell County city to Interstate 64.

“What we want is a safe corridor for everybody — pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic,” said Brian Chapman, project manager for the Hal Greer Boulevard Corridor Plan and a landscape architect with the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Along with safety, officials with the DOT are working with the City of Huntington and the KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission on a management plan for Hal Greer Boulevard to address congestion, flooding and connectivity between Huntington High and 3rd Avenue.

On Monday evening, a project symposium to gather input from citizens, commuters, students, business owners and others for the Boulevard’s future was scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the A.D. Lewis Community Center in Huntington.

It’s the first public event for the project.

“If they could tell us all the issues, maybe we can find some solution for some safety — pedestrian and bicycle mixing with traffic — issues and that’s what we’re looking for,” Chapman said.

A survey about the project is also available HERE.

At this point, there is no timeline for completion of improvements to the Hal Greer Boulevard Corridor which is flanked by a number of ongoing construction and revitalization projects from Marshall University and the City of Huntington.

“We’re just collecting all the information we can right now and, hopefully, it’ll come out soon that we’ll have something better for everybody,” Chapman told MetroNews.

Hal Greer Boulevard is named for a local basketball icon.

Greer, who grew up in Huntington, was an All-American at Marshall University before going on to play in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers.

He attended high school at Huntington’s Douglass Junior and Senior High located near the former 16th Street that now bears his name.

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