One way roads for nearly 50 years change direction

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - What happens this weekend will impact your commute for years to come in Old Louisville.

Work starts Friday to turn Brook and First Streets into two-way roads between College and Hill Streets.

Cars will have to be moved out of the way starting Friday at 7:00 pm for minor road work and painting.

Councilman David James went door to door Thursday handing out dozens of signs to impacted residents.

It's part of a change that's been studied for about a decade. In April, Metro Council legislation passed to make the change happen for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Bicycle lanes will also be installed, all at a cost of nearly $60,000

"The money had been allocated by Councilman Unseld before he passed away," James said.

"This project is very important to this neighborhood for public safety issues. When you have one way streets, cars are able to drive much faster and we have citizens here who have children and they walk across the street and this is a community and so when we have two way streets it slows the traffic and makes it calmer and safer for everyone, including the vehicles and the pedestrians," James said.

The project will not result in any loss of side walk space because no road widening has to take place for the changes.

It does, however, mean some parking spaces will be lost, as there will be additional room needed for turn lanes.  In all, the project impacts about four miles of road.

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