The Town of Blowing Rock is considering several options for improving pedestrian crosswalks on Main Street.

The Watauga Democrat reports Town Engineer Doug Chapman presented three options to council.

The favored option would install new traffic and pedestrian signals, and curb extensions, at a cost of about $270,000. That option would take out two parking spaces. Other options would cost less and lose only one parking space, but council decided on the more aesthetically pleasing option, that would still provide increased safety.

There was also discussion about improved crosswalks on Chestnut and Highway 221, but no decisions were made.

The next step is contacting contractors for possible bids and designs. The target for completion of the project is Spring of 2021.

According to the report, as many as 30,000 visitors pass through the town on peak days, many of them walk the town, especially Main Street and Sunset Drive, across from Memorial Park.