CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- People interested in the city's planned bike lanes along Kanawha Boulevard on the West Side can check out the latest plans at a public meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall.
City consultants first unveiled the idea of carving out dual bike lanes on the river edge of the Boulevard during an Imagine Charleston open house last September. The consultants who have drafted new downtown redevelop and comprehensive plans for the city dubbed that process Imagine Charleston.
No traffic lanes would be closed to create the bike lanes. Instead, the existing four lanes would be narrowed from up to 13 feet wide to about 10.5 feet, and the traffic medians would be removed.
TRC Engineers won the $280,000 contract to design the project largely because of their novel approach, City Manager David Molgaard said earlier this year. Instead of keeping the oversized curb on the river side of the Boulevard, TRC proposed to remove it, along with the light poles along the walkway, and build the bike lanes close to the upper walkway.
On the other side of the lanes, they planned to create a landscaped buffer zone with light poles to separate bikers from cars and trucks.
With a budget of $2.2 million, city officials hope to build the bike lanes from Patrick Street to Magic Island. But as more money is found, the lanes could eventually be extended to the 35th Street Bridge or beyond.
The engineers and design consultants will be on hand at the public meeting Tuesday to answer questions and take comments, Molgaard said.
The half-hour meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 308 on the third floor of City Hall.
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