Two-Way Street Conversions

One-way streets can often be dangerous, especially for pedestrians, because they were designed to move cars as quickly as possible from one destination to another. According to Smart Growth America's Dangerous by Design 2022 report, pedestrian fatalities have increased 62% since 2009, with disproportionately higher fatality rates in minority and low-income neighborhoods, because the design of our streets prioritizes speed over safety. Two-way streets are proven to be safer and simpler for all road users, especially pedestrians.

Advantages of one-way to two-way street conversion include:

  • Increased safety – traffic flows slower on two-way streets, decreasing the number of crashes and reducing crash severity.
  • Improved circulation – two-way streets promote more efficient circulation, creating more direct street routes to destinations.
  • Increased visibility for businesses/organizations – two-way streets increase the foot-traffic of businesses/organizations because they are more visible and accessible.
  • Increased mobility – two-way streets are easier to navigate and cause less confusion for drivers trying to access destinations. Additionally, two-way street networks often decrease the walking distance from parking facilities and bus stops.

Current Two-Way Conversion Projects

Phase I (Downtown and Surrounding Neighborhoods)

Background Information

After the massive Ohio River Bridges Project was completed in late 2016, Louisville Metro Public Works began the process of restoring several Metro-owned streets in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods to two-way traffic, as recommended by multiple planning studies. Portions of S. 3rd Street were converted to two-way traffic in 2018 and 2019 (between Main-Market and between Liberty-Broadway). The following streets are slated to be converted to two-way traffic.

East-West Couplet:

  • E. Jefferson Street (S. Floyd St - Baxter Ave)
  • E. Liberty Street (S. Jackson St - Baxter Ave)

East-West Couplet:

  • E. Muhammad Ali Blvd (S. Jackson St - Chestnut Street Connector)
  • E. Chestnut Street (S. Jackson St - Chestnut Street Connector)

North-South Couplet:

  • S. 7th Street (W. Main St - W. St. Catherine St)
  • S. 8th Street (W. Market St - W. Kentucky St)

North-South Couplet:

  • S. Shelby Street (E. Main St - E. Muhammad Ali Blvd)
  • S. Campbell Street (E. Main St - E. Muhammad Ali Blvd)

E. Jefferson, 7th, and 8th streets were put out to bid in September 2021 and again in November 2021. (See IFB 220035, IFB 220036, and IFB 220090.)

E. Jefferson Street was rebid again in September 2023. (See IFB 240095.)

View two-way conversion plans for E. Jefferson Street

 

In the News

Many downtown one-way streets to change to two-way traffic, WAVE3.com, February 20, 2017.

Map: These Louisville streets could be changing from one-way to two-way, Courier-Journal.com, February 19, 2018.

One-way streets in Louisville may be converted to two-way streets soon, city officials say, Courier-Journal.com, August 20, 2019.

Third Street two-way conversion begins Tuesday, what you need to know, WAVE3.com, October 7, 2019.

Louisville's 2-way streets plan still idling years after launch, WDRB.com, February 9, 2023.

Logan and Shelby Street (KY 864)

Background Information

  • Where: Logan Street & Shelby Street (KY 864), between Goss Avenue and E. Gray Street
  • When: The project was awarded in November 2023. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Summer 2024.
  • Who: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5, with public outreach by Louisville Metro Government
  • State Project ID: 5-193.00

Logan and Shelby Streets were identified as priority corridors for safety improvements in the 2021 state transportation budget. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is utilizing this funding and additional federal funds to convert the corridors from one-way streets to two-way streets.

For more information on this project, please visit the project website.

Public Meetings

An in-person public meeting was held on May 25, 2023 at Shelby Park Community Center (600 E. Oak St).

In the News

Designs released for conversion of two busy one-way streets in Louisville, WDRB.com, November 17, 2022.

Smoketown business owners hope street changes bring business to area, WHAS11.com, November 18, 2022.

Logan, Shelby streets to get major overhaul. When construction will start and end, Courier-Journal.com, January 8, 2024.

$3 million conversion project will transform mile-long stretch of Shelby, Logan streets, WDRB.com, January 8, 2024.

W. Chestnut Street/River Park Drive and W. Muhammad Ali Blvd

Background Information

  • Where: W. Chestnut Street/River Park Drive and W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, between Roy Wilkins Ave/9th Street and Southwestern Parkway
  • When: This project was bundled into the federally funded Reimagine 9th Street project. Construction is expected to be completed by 2028.
  • Who: Louisville Metro Public Works

In 2022, the two-way conversion of W. Chestnut Street/River Park Drive and W. Muhammad Ali Blvd was included in a U.S. Department of Transportation RAISE grant for the Reimagine 9th Street project. The one-way to two-way conversion of the corridors will take place in conjunction with improvements to Roy Wilkins Avenue/9th Street, estimated to be completed by 2028. 

View the plans for W. Chestnut Street/River Park Drive

View the plans for W. Muhammad Ali Blvd


Public Meetings

  • A virtual public meeting was held on February 17, 2021.

View a summary of questions and comments from the meeting

View the slide deck presentation

Watch a recording of the meeting

  • An in-person public meeting was held on February 22, 2024.
  • Two public meetings will be held on May 14, 2024.
    • Where: Zion Baptist Church, 2200 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd
    • Date: Tuesday, May 14
    • Times: 12:00-1:30pm AND 6:00-8:00pm

Click here to learn more about the Reimagine 9th Street project.


In the News

Louisville aims to convert several 1-way streets to 2-way traffic, WDRB.com, February 11, 2021.

These 'drive thru' streets in the West End could become two-way, giving businesses a lift, Courier-Journal.com, February 16, 2021.

Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Chestnut Street could become two-way streets, WAVE3.com, February 18, 2021.

City of Louisville asks for public opinion on changing 2 roads to two-way streets, WHAS11.com, March 3, 2021.

2nd and 3rd Street (KY 1020)

In December 2023, Louisville Metro Government was awarded a Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Implementation Grant to fund the two-way conversion of 2nd and 3rd Street between Broadway and W. Cardinal Blvd.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAFE STREETS AND ROADS FOR ALL PROJECT.

Click here for a map of one-way streets

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