The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will convert Logan Street and Shelby Street to two-way streets in hopes of increasing traffic safety.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – If you’ve driven anywhere near downtown Louisville, you know there are a lot of one-way streets.
However, two of these routes will change in 2023.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will convert Logan Street and Shelby Street to two-way streets in hopes of increasing traffic safety.
Business owners in the Smoketown neighborhood are glad this change is happening.
Square Cut and Sugar Room owner Emil David said he’s seen turnarounds happen many times since he opened his two stores in 2021.
“It’s kind of hard to go around and find the places, and then you have to make another loop before you find the place you want to visit,” he said.
According to Kentucky State Police data, there have been about 40 crashes on Shelby and Logan streets this year.
So David and other business owners are happy about the change.
Kristin Zoeller owns The Bluegrass Witch inside the popular Logan Market Street. She said a two-way street would make the space more welcoming.
“I think it’s a great idea and we like to see something to make the community safer,” she said.
Kinder Artist shop owner Sarah Kinder said many tourists come to the area and are often confused.
“They come downtown and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, there’s so many of these, weird one-way and, you know, two-way,’ and they don’t really know,” she said.
However, while Kinder said she likes the plan, she is concerned it could cause confusion for those who live in the area.
“It can be a little scary at first, you know, it’s been a one-way street for a while,” she said. “And now we’re going through it on a two-way street, and people who are used to it being one-way, that can cause some problems.”
KYTC said construction for the project will begin in 2023 and should be completed by the end of the year.
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