Thursday April 14, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
In an effort to improve public safety and mobility around the Old Louisville area, the Metro Council has approved the changing of First and Brook Streets from one-way to two ways. Councilman David James (D-6) proposed the ordinance for change which will take place over the summer.
“My number one responsibility to the residents of the 6th District is their safety. This ordinance offers an effective means to regulate traffic and makes these neighborhoods safer for everyone, including the children coming to and from school. At the same time, it will enhance the unique character of the Old Louisville area. I want to thank my colleagues for their support,” said James.
The ordinance calls for the conversion of First Street to become two ways from Hill Street to College Street. Brook Street will also be converted from Hill Street to College Street.
“More two-way streets are an important part of our strategy to renew historic neighborhoods near downtown,” says James. “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.”
The ordinance is a result of almost a decade of discussion on the possible conversion of the streets to two-way. A recent study, commissioned by the late Councilman George Unseld, was completed in February of last year and stated that both First and Brook Streets were in need of restoration. Funding for the study was provided by the District 6 office. Since then, Metro Public Works traffic engineers have reviewed the viability of the change and have indicated the conversion can be completed by summer.
Over the next few months, Metro Public Works will implement the appropriate signage and lane markings to aid motorists and residents during the process.
“Slowing this traffic down not only means safer streets for families, but also additional economic development in the neighborhood,” said James. “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.”
James was supported in the effort by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association and countless neighborhood citizens.
“I ask residents in the area and drivers who use these streets to be patient as we all get used to the change,” said James.
For more information about the two ways street change, contact Councilman James’ office at 574-1106
David James (D)6