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Richmond to host Forest Hill widening project meeting

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond leaders want to hear from neighbors Wednesday about plans to widen part of Forest Hill Avenue.

The City wants to make the nearly mile-long stretch from Hathaway Road to the Powhite Parkway safer, but not all families are crazy about this project.

City planners are having a meeting to go over some of these controversial changes. They hope to expand Forest Hill Avenue to cut down on 216 crashes in that area over the past three years.

People in the area are angry they could have smaller front lawns for kids to play in and trees would also be uprooted.

Richmond says the trade-off here is more than a mile in new sidewalks, and they'll replant about 200 new trees. We could also see 15 new crosswalk spots. All of these are just ideas, nothing is set in stone, yet.

The meeting will be  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Southampton Elementary School at 3333 Cheverly Road. 

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