Council Passes Two-Way Street Change in Old Louisville

by admin on April 15, 2011

An ordinance that converts portions of two major thoroughfares in the Old Louisville neighborhood was approved by the Metro Council on Thursday, despite bypassing a policy suggested by the Public Works Department.

About two dozen residents showed up to support the city bill, which was introduced by Councilman David James, D-6, and changes parts of First and Brook streets into two-way streets. Local business owners in the district have been supportive of the new traffic plan for a number of years and have petitioned previous city representatives to pass the change.

James says the ordinance is a step in the right direction and will spur economic growth, slow traffic and making the community pedestrian friendly.

The measure passed easily, but Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, who voted against the bill, voiced concern that the change is contrary to a policy that says any traffic plan change must obtain signatures from 66 percent of affected residents.

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