City to change some downtown 1-way streets to 2-way - KCTV5

City to change some downtown 1-way streets to 2-way

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If you drive downtown, starting Wednesday you may need to double-check some of the street signs. The city is going to be opening up some one-way streets into two-way traffic.

It can be a bit confusing for drivers because streets like Walnut are one-way for a few blocks and then two-way for three more. Beginning Wednesday, drivers will notice a change.

Public works crews will begin converting key downtown streets in Kansas City from one-way to two-way streets. One of the first is Walnut Street between Truman Road and 20th Street.

Drivers like Florence Battaglia said some drivers mistakenly believe that Walnut is already a two-way.

"All the time, like daily," she said.

She said she often sees drivers going the wrong way on a one-way.

"From like Truman to Walnut, I don't think it's very good. It doesn't let people know that it's one-way, so I think people get confused," Battaglia said.

City spokesman Sean Demory said the purpose of the conversion was to make things easier for drivers and it was also a matter of safety.

"Downtown's tricky. We've got a lot of one-way streets, people get to know it over time, but there are ways things can be much more convenient," he said.

The streets involved are:

  • Baltimore Avenue between Ninth Street and 12th Street
  • 14th Street between Broadway Boulevard and Wyandotte Street
  • Walnut Street between Fifth Street and 12th Street
  • and Walnut Street between Truman Road and 20th Street

If the weather holds, striping will begin Sunday.

Residents won't have to worry about parking. No changes will be made to parking alignment during this process.

Click here to view a map of the planned street conversions.

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