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Charles Town to study changing road near Huntfield to 4 lanes

February 08, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - To handle future increases in traffic such as that which will be generated by the 3,200-home Huntfield development, city officials are considering making Augustine Avenue a four-lane road.

Charles Town City Council members discussed the idea Monday night, and voted in favor of a street committee recommendation that an engineering firm study the proposal.

Augustine Avenue extends from the southwestern end of the downtown area, goes past Huntfield, and connects to the southern end of the Charles Town Bypass.

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City Council member Randy Breeden, who is co-chairman of the council's street committee, said he believes the road may need to be four lanes to accommodate traffic from Huntfield, which is under construction, and other new development in the area.

With the city council's vote, the city will advertise for a bid for an engineering firm to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether a four-lane road will be needed, Breeden said.

The state Department of Highways and Huntfield developers would be involved in the study, Breeden said.

It is unclear how much the road might cost or who might build it, Breeden said.

Council member Matt Ward said it might be 20 years before such a road is built.

To make the road easier for pedestrians to cross, Ward suggested that a grass or landscaped median be considered.

Ward also discussed a possible bicycle path along the road.

In addition to Huntfield, other development slated for the area includes construction of a second high school, which will accommodate about 1,200 students, school officials said.

The school will be built next to the Huntfield development.

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