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Meeting to address Norton's Park Avenue corridor

Staff report • Jan 9, 2020 at 8:30 PM

NORTON — City and Virginia Department of Transportation officials will host an informational meeting Jan. 15 on a study of traffic and safety conditions along the Park Avenue corridor.

According to City Manager Fred Ramey, the meeting, at City Hall on 618 Virginia Ave. NW, will allow Norton residents and interested persons to examine three information stations. City and VDOT staff will show information from completed safety and traffic studies along with recommendations for improving vehicle traffic flow and accommodating bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Among recommendations to be shown at the meeting are:

— Traffic signal upgrades

— Widening sidewalks

— Changing Park Avenue from its current four-lane configuration into a two-lane drive with a center turn lane

— Possible bicycle lanes

The study corridor will run from Norton Coeburn Road at the eastern downtown end of Park Avenue to the western downtown end onto 11th Street toward Kentucky Avenue.

Ramey said information shown at the meeting is preliminary and that none of the recommendations have been funded for design or construction.

Anyone wanting to comment on the information shown can do so at the meeting or submit written comments via email or mail.

Comments must be received or postmarked by Jan. 25 for inclusion in the meeting record. VDOT’s email address is [email protected], and comments can be mailed to VDOT Bristol District, 618 Bonham Rd., Bristol, VA 24201.

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