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Public hearing planned for two-way street proposal in New Albany

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- If you live in New Albany, you quickly get used to the way downtown streets are set up.

You can drive one way on Market, the other way on Spring.

For more than a year, there have been talks to change some of that. 

Potential plans include introducing more two ways, and kicking some one ways to the curb.

"Downtown is a lot different than it used to be. There's a lot more traffic, there's a lot more businesses. Change is good. You have to change with time," owner of Regalo, Laura Applegate said.

Not everyone is in tune with that.

"My thought process is, if it's not broke, don't fix it," said James Gaetano.

He's the owner of Jimmy's Music Center, and says a change in roadways would leave a big road block between him and continuing to have a successful business.

"All the traffic coming off the freeway would go up and down Spring, and we would lose all this traffic on Market," Gaetano explained.

City Councilman, Al Knable said he believes two way streets would have the opposite effect on business. 

He thinks it would force drivers to notice New Albany.

"We want people to kind of slow down and take a look. We're not interested in facilitating somebody from getting from point A to point B," Knable said. 

Especially those who will be part of the increased traffic flow expected on the Sherman Minton, once tolls take effect on the Lincoln and Kennedy.

"That's a huge factor in a lot of people's thinking," Knable added.

Changes have not received any sort of green light. In fact, a public hearing is planned for a couple of weeks from now.

A preliminary design will be shared then with the public. Although, no exact date has been set.

Knable hopes it will be enough of the old and the new to get the people of New Albany on the same page, or perhaps in this case, on the same street. 

"Hopefully we can find a consensus between the two, because I really think the two models can co-exist," he said.

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