Today & Tomorrow

The study area for the Downtown Huntington Access Study is generally represented by the central business district, stretching between the railroad tracks and the river, and between Marshall University and the Nick Rahall II (US 52) Bridge. The downtown Huntington area is represented by a mix of uses including residential housing, commercial nodes like Pullman Square, light industrial uses, and institutional centers including Marshall University.  Creating healthy connections between these community destinations as well as between the downtown and the surrounding region will be a focus of the study effort.  Addition study elements include viaduct access, which has been an on-going issue relative to safety, flooding, and attractiveness.   Street aesthetics and community branding  will be a focus throughout the study as we enhance the safety and mobility opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists.  Parking will be assessed to help balance the right mix of on-street and off-street demand.  

A public design charrette was held June 7-9, 2011, to bring the following elements to the forefront:

 Transportation    Development & Activity Nodes

  • Access & Mobility
  • Top Crash Locations
  • Bicycle, Pedestrian & Transit
  • Downtown Access
  • Development Opportunities
  • Land Use Compatibility Assessment
  • Regional Presence
 Economic Vitality    Public Input

  • Wayfinding
  • Branding
  • Parking Assessment
  • Steering Committee
  • Design Charrette
  • Stakeholders




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