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Two-way streets could soon be coming to downtown New Albany

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Many are in favor of a plan that would turn Elm, Spring, Market and Main Streets in downtown New Albany to two-way streets.

Part of Oak Street would become two-way as well.

This comes after years of debate over the idea, but before the city can move forward, it has to hear from the public. That's what Monday's meeting at New Albany High School was all about.

"I have a family, and most of the time, we can't even walk up and down Spring Street without fearing for our life," resident Joe Autry said. "Can't walk to dog, can't take the family on Spring Street."

The project is expected to cost $2.8 million, $2.3 million of which comes from the federal government and the rest from the city. It includes pedestrian and bike safety features as well. 

"Our downtown is a neighborhood, and that's what people have to remember," said Greg Roberts with the Spring Street Neighborhood Association. "You're driving through our neighborhood. It's not a speedway. People fly down those."

The engineers who designed the plan say it will make downtown New Albany safer and less congested. But opponents say it's a waste and an unnecessary hassle for drivers.

"There won't be stop lights at every corner," resident Ruth Watson said. "So if a car wants to turn left, do they stop and back traffic up behind them?"

The city could approve the plan in about a month, and if that's the case, work would likely be done in December of 2017.

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