Parties with vested interest in the proposed Prince Street corridor improvement plan will have one final opportunity for their voices to be heard.
Street Department engineers submitted a basic concept outline for the Conway City Council’s approval Tuesday that included a four-lane, median divided roadway, two roundabouts at Farris Road and Salem Road, widened intersections to accommodate U-turns, sidewalks on both sides of the street and sharrows.
Business and property owners along the section under consideration, extending from Western Avenue to Shady Lane, expressed more concerns with the plan at Tuesday’s meeting.
Some business owners said that they believe that the one-way traffic may discourage potential customers approaching from the opposite direction, while others expressed concern at losing vital parking space.
Ronnie Hall, city engineer, said that the project has time constraints in conjunction with the completion of the new high school at the Conway High School-West campus in 2012.
According to Hall, the project requires two summers of work so that construction does not interfere with school traffic.
Mayor Tab Townsell said that the council will hold one final public hearing at the next council meeting, where a vote on the plan will take place.
"We will discuss this in committee at the meeting and we will notify everyone that a vote will be taken one way or the other that night," Townsell said.
According to Bryan Patrick, city planner, around 50 businesses have store fronts or access roads inside proposed corridor.
The estimated construction cost of the project is $3,208,000. Funds for the project would be available from the "Pay as you go" sales tax.
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