Meeting Wednesday to discuss Forest Hill Avenue

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Major changes are coming to one of Richmond's busiest roads and tonight the city needs your input. It's a $12 million project to widen Forest Hill Avenue.

More than 27,000 cars travel along that mile-long stretch of Forest Hill Avenue every day.

We're talking about the area between the Powhite Parkway and Hathaway Road.

Residents have been complaining for years they have trouble turning on and off of the road. In a three-year period there were 216 crashes.

The city is proposing widening it from four to five lanes, adding sidewalks, curbs, gutters, even bike lanes.

Tonight's meeting is to review the latest plans and a report on the environmental impact of the project.

The meeting is at St. Luke Lutheran Church, in the 7700 block of Chippenham Parkway. The meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Another public hearing will be held this fall. Construction is still more than a year away. It's expected to begin in the spring of 2013.

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