This summer, First and Brook streets running through Old Louisville and SoBro will be converted from one-way through-streets to two-way neighborhood streets. After nearly a decade of talk, the plan finally made it to Metro Council and was approved on April 14.
A study commissioned by the late Councilman George Unseld had previously been completed in February and found the two streets needed work. Two-way traffic will be allowed between Hill and College streets.
“More two-way streets are an important part of our strategy to renew historic neighborhoods near downtown,” said Councilman David James in a statement. “Converting a majority of one-way streets to two ways allows for additional parking, trees, and bike lanes that calm traffic, making neighborhoods more livable for all who utilize the urban parts of our city.”
Talk like that is refreshing from our local leaders, right? He goes on: “Slowing this traffic down not only means safer streets for families, but also additional economic development in the neighborhood. Storefront exposures go through the roof when traffic is slowed, as opposed to cars simply driving right by only paying attention to the cars around them and how fast they are going.”