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Holland Road meeting tonight

Published 10:27pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A meeting Thursday will provide information and receive comments from the public on the proposed widening and other improvements on Holland Road.

From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lakeland High School cafeteria, city officials will be available to talk to citizens about the project and receive written or verbal comments.

About 178 properties will be affected by the construction at varying levels, Public Works Director Eric Nielsen said. Some properties will be acquired by the city in their entirety, while only portions of some are needed and others will only require temporary easements during construction.

“It’s a lot of property impacted,” Nielsen said, noting the city has met with many property owners already.

Acquisition of properties will commence in two to three months.

The project includes widening Holland Road to six lanes from the western end of the downtown bypass to about a mile west of Manning Bridge Road. Intersection and signal improvements and installation of storm drains, curbs, gutters, medians, street lighting, sidewalks and a multi-use trail are planned.

Visitors to the meeting will be able to review design plans, the tentative project schedule, maps of property impacts, a draft environmental document, effects on historic properties and other information.

The high school is located at 214 Kenyon Road. Those unable to attend may submit written comments to the Department of Public Works, Attention Sherry Earley, 440 Market St., Suffolk, VA 23434, by May 24.

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