HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A major renovation project to Huntington’s Hal Greer Boulevard is one step closer following the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) accepting bids on the plan in the past week.
The DOH announced the project, which stretches from Washington Boulevard to Third Avenue in Huntington, was among 20 projects included in a bid letting held on Aug. 9.
Bre Shell, Director of Planning for City of Huntington told MetroNews the plan out for bid is phase one and two of a ‘complete Hal Greer Blvd. street plan.’
Plans call for realigning intersections at 10th Avenue and Charleston Avenue, widening sidewalks, adding bicycle lanes, installing new lighting, reconfiguring traffic lights and adding greenspace along the Hal Greer corridor, all to make the area more user-friendly for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists and to make the corridor more attractive, a news release stated.
“We want people to have a good experience coming into Huntington through that roadway. Most importantly, we want people to be able to safe and connected across the roadway,” Shell said.
Shell called the road one of the main entrances and gateways into Huntington off of Interstate-64. The project will stretch nearly two miles on Hal Greer Blvd., right off of Interstate-64, into the Fairlawn neighborhood and Cabell-Huntington Hospital and end near Marshall University.
Shell said no major delays are expected once work gets underway. She said the city will be working with the DOH closely over the next 30 days to determine if the bids will be able to be utilized.
“The roadway will remain open throughout the whole construction process, although there will be implications as to how traffic may have to be managed during the construction,” she said.
The DOH worked closely with both the KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission and the city of Huntington to develop the plan.
The city of Huntington will contribute 20 percent of the cost of the project.
“This is a great example of working together with local planning organizations and the city of Huntington to see this project come to fruition,” said Rob Pennington, P.E., WVDOH District 2 Engineer in a release. “This will improve the overall operation of Hal Greer Boulevard for both motorists and non-motorists.”