Two-way street changes downtown

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A heads up for anyone who drives downtown.

Changes are on the way.

The city is completing the project to convert many one-way streets to two-way traffic.

Starting Monday morning, Walker Ave. will finally make that conversion.

The goal of the conversion to two-way streets is to improve traffic flow and make it easier to get around.

Most people who live and work downtown appreciate the changes.

"I think the conversion will be really good," Cythinia D'Antonio said. 

Cynthia works at a law firm on Walker.

She said converting downtown streets to two-way traffic has made it more convenient to get around.

"When you're limited to one way it can be problematic, so I think it's a good thing," said D'Antonio.

The work began back in 2008.

That's when the city started converting downtown streets to two-way traffic.

Business owners were on board with eliminating the one way signs from the beginning.

That sentiment still hasn't changed.

"I think it's a good thing," Aamir Mehdi said.

Aamir has worked at a convenience store at 6th St. and Walker Ave. for years.

During that time, he said he has seen plenty of drivers cause crashes going the wrong way down Walker Ave.

"People go down here the wrong way anyway so at least now they'll be going the right way," Aamir said. "So it should be a good thing."

After converting Walker, in a couple of weeks a small stretch of Robinson Ave. from Park to Kerr will also convert to two-way traffic.

That will be the last street in the downtown business district to make the change.

Later this year the city will shift their focus just south of downtown and begin converting streets south of the old I-40 once stood.

That area, including S.W. 3rd St. and 4th St., will be the future home of the downtown central park.

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