Meeting on one-way streets in downtown Lexington

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- Driving in downtown Lexington can be a challenge and tonight people had a chance to sound off about a proposal that could change the flow of traffic.

The "Downtown Lexington Traffic Movement and Revitalization Study" focuses on whether to change one-way streets to two-way streets for the north side of downtown.

Streets under review extend from Main Street to Fourth Street and from Newtown Pike to Midland Avenue.

Organizers of this study say the conversion could improve safety, lessen confusion and make businesses more accessible but not everybody agrees.

"The cons are increased congestion, whenever someone makes a left turn you're going to have gridlock behind that person, I just don't see any pluses for this."

"Many communities that have made the conversion of 1-way streets seemed to slow traffic down, make it for accessible to businesses, make them friendly to neighbors."

Later on this summer, organizers will hold two more meetings to discuss conversions on the central and south side parts of downtown.

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