Town leaders in Fincastle have less than two months to decide which direction to go when it comes to a $900,000 sidewalk improvement project.

Residents came out to a public hearing Monday night to ask questions and address concerns over the project.

It was a full house in the meeting room of the Fincastle Library, but not too many spoke out in opposition of the project.

Those living in the historic town said they are ready for change.

"I think improving the sidewalks is probably the major improvement in town since we restored the courthouse when it burned down so yes I think for the historic nature of the town this is very important," said Carol Brenner.

A federal grant will allow the town to upgrade its sidewalks, but leaders will have to decide how to do that. They recently got word from the Virginia Department of Transportation regarding specific guidelines when it comes to the size of the lanes along Main Street.

"I think things come up," said David Evans when asked about the recent changes. "Things were overlooked, you know, things change over time and when those things change it affects things down the line."

The sidewalks along Main Street will most likely get the improvements, but they will have to make the changes with those guidelines in mind.

"Main Street actually goes from one side of the county to the other," said Fincastle Town Manager David Tickner. "It starts out in Buchanan and goes to Craig County so they consider it a rural collector which means it gets a lot of traffic."

And because of that, there's stricter guidelines.

The town still has three options are on the table. It could forget about the grant, but Tickner said that could lead to a lawsuit because they've already signed a contract with the construction company.

The other two options are to make Main Street a one way street with parking on both sides of the street or a two way street with parking on only one side of the street.

Most people at Monday's meeting are now in support of the one way street option.

"It would equalize traffic on all the streets throughout the town," said Evans. "I think it would have a better flow going through the town."

Brenner agreed.

"I actually found that it was perfectly acceptable and may in fact enhance the town and the safety of the town," she said.

Safety and mobility are the biggest concerns when it comes to making this decision, according to town leaders.

Town council will meet this Thursday for its regular meeting and will discuss it further then.

A decision could come as early as April.