NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – The city of New Albany is in the process of getting a makeover – a street makeover.
A public hearing was held Monday to discuss a downtown project that would turn 5 current one-way streets to two-way.
The streets include Spring, Market, Elm, Pearl and Bank.
The plan would also mean narrowing the lanes, adding bike lanes and additional street parking.
The goal – to create a safer, calmer traffic flow through the core of downtown while preparing for the opening of the East End Bridge.
City officials believe more people will be driving through downtown New Albany to use the Sherman Minton Bridge to escape tolls.
Some residents don’t want the change while others say it’s about time.
Residents will have until Oct. 3 to send in their own comments and concerns with a decision coming at a later date.
If the plans are approved, construction is expected to start in April and ending in late 2017.