DERBY-Some think it will result in a major highway flowing through downtown Derby and tying up traffic for miles.

Others believe the widening of Route 34, better known as Main Street, finally will open up the nearly vacant downtown to development plans.

Residents, motorists and business owners will get their chance to speak on a new proposed plan during a May 22 informational session in City Hall beginning at 6 p.m. The plan calls for turning the two-lane road into a four lane highway with a median in between. This revamping would begin near the Route 8 exit at Home Depot and continue to the Derby-Shelton bridge before it narrows again to two lands.

The new plan calls for on-street parking on both sides of the road and reducing the width of the shoulders. It also calls for removing the Bridge Street parking lot, converting Third Street to a one-way street and redirecting the bicycle path to the redevelopment site.

Representatives from the state Department of Transportation and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments will be present to hear oral comments and accept written comments on the new plans.

Construction of the redesign is expected to start next year.