Williamson Road improvement committee makes headway in redesign

Ideas to transform parts of Williamson Road received some more momentum today after a committee decided to submit their ideas to the city.

The executive director of the Williams Road Area Business Association, Wendy Jones, says for a few years, she and other business leaders on the road have been working to develop ideas to give the road a face-lift.

Today, a committee of WRABA members, business owners and neighborhood representatives saw a detailed plan drafted by Roanoke City staff.

The group decided to submit this conglomeration of ideas to the city to request approval and help with funding. If approved, the city could pay for part of the process and would likely apply for state and federal grants to complete the project.

Part of the road plans include shifting to two lanes with a turn lane in the middle - and a grassy median in other parts.

"Williamson Road has different personalities, different facial appearances on different sections of the road," Jones said. "That's what makes it fantastic, but in that, it also has some different widths so you have to make some accommodations for that."

What was submitted to the city is not set in stone. Williams said they are still opening to hear from individual businesses on what they'd like to see in front of their businesses.