CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Some people in Charlottesville got a first look at potential improvements to a busy intersection.

On Wednesday night, the city held a public workshop to discuss early design concepts for the intersection of Barracks Road and Emmet Street. The city says two main goals for the project are alleviating traffic and improving bike and pedestrian facilities.

Charlottesville Transportation Project Manager Kyle Kling says the workshop was about getting the public involved early on in the process.

"Getting facts from the community, getting their experiences from the corridor, and just gathering feedback to implement into the design phase. It's not us throwing these plans out there and saying 'this is how it is going to be.' We want feedback from the community for this project," he said.

Kling says he's hopeful to have a set of preferred concepts for the intersection to present later this year. He says construction could begin as early as 2023.