Process of converting some one-way streets to two-way streets begins in Chattanooga
Some of Chattanooga's one-way streets are transitioning to support two-way traffic.
The change comes after city officials did a study to see which would be the best option to help traffic flow more smoothly.
"This is just a great way to ease traffic congestion and allow people to get where they need to get to a lot quicker," said City Spokeswoman Richel Albright.
If you've ever driven in a city with one-way streets, you know it can be a little confusing.
"I can never remember which ways are one-ways," said resident Kylie Kuizema.
If you get turned around, it can even sometimes be a hassle.
"When you think about when you're currently driving down Houston Street, which remains one way for one more week, you have to go around a block to get maybe to where you need to go along Lindsey if you're trying to get to the city council meeting for example," Albright explained.
That's why the city of Chattanooga decided to conduct the study on which traffic pattern would be best.
"We had a group called 'Chattanooga Forward' and a few years ago, they came out with a study and one of the sub-groups recommended several of the streets downtown be converted from one way into two way," Albright told Channel 3.
She said after researching which streets would be best to start the process of converting, Lindsey Street and Houston Street were the top contenders.
She believes it'll make driving less of a hassle for people like Kuizema who travels downtown often.
"I think it's a great idea to change it to two ways. I was really excited when I first saw that. I think it'll definitely help cut down on traffic and it'll make it easier to understand for people instead of having random one ways," Kuizema said.
The project will cost the city about $50,000 to re-stripe the streets, purchase new traffic signs, lights and signal heads, according Albright. She estimates those streets have been 'one-way' for the last 50-60 years.
Stay with the WRCB app for updates to this story.