STERLING – First Avenue is changing its road stripes.
The thoroughfare will end its one-way journey from downtown to the T-intersection with East LeFevre Road on Friday, when the stretch from Fifth Avenue north reopens as a two-way, the city said in a news release.
The yellow center stripes signifying the two-way switch already are in place, and there are new lane markings with yellow turn arrows, and new intersection signage and traffic signals.
Parking will be allowed on both sides of the street, and it remains a snow route, which means no parking on either side until all snow is removed from the full width of the street.
Drivers are advised to be extra cautious while everyone adjusts.
Increased safety is driving the change. The release cited a University of Louisville study that shows, among other things, that people tend to drive slower on two-way streets, reducing the number and severity of accidents.
The First Avenue resurfacing project also includes brand new sidewalks on both sides of the road.
Source: The Daily Chronicle