TRC's plan may cost more, Molgaard said, but he thinks it's a better solution.
"The plan contemplates maintaining four lanes of vehicular traffic but would involve removing the medians, shifting lanes of traffic to the north and narrowing the lanes." Traffic lanes that now vary from 11 to 13 feet wide would be trimmed to about 10.5 feet, he said.
"The goal would be to maintain as much on-street parking as possible. We may have to relocate some parking."
The basic concept already has the blessing of state highways officials, who approved the reassignment of the funds the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., earmarked for the trestle project.
"I think we're looking at a budget of $2.2 million," Molgaard said, which may not be enough to finish the job given TRC's conceptual design.
"It could be we may not get all the way to Patrick Street. That will be fleshed out in this process," he said. "We'll plan the whole project and see what we can do with value engineering."
Design could take about four months, and construction another five months, Molgaard said, "so potentially 10, 11 months from now" it could be done.
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