Fifth Avenue North converted to two-way - WKRN News 2

Fifth Avenue North converted to two-way

Posted: Updated: May 12, 2013 07:31 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Fifth Avenue North from Broadway to James Robertson Parkway is officially a two-way street.

Even after complaints from nearby residents and business owners, the city went ahead with converting the stretch of heavily traveled roadway from one-way to two-way.

City officials say the move will improve accessibility and make the area safer for pedestrians.

Some residents who drive through downtown tell Nashville's News 2 they like the idea.

"I'm really excited about it," said taxi driver Anthony Hester. "It's going to make everything a lot more accessible."

"I think it will be a very positive thing, especially for the people who are not familiar with the streets and are visiting Nashville," said Francis Kovac.

But not everybody is on board.

Dan Bennett, owner of Fox's Discounts on Fifth Avenue North, says converting to two-way will add traffic congestion.

"Technically the streets are one-way in the first place to move more traffic," Bennett said. "And I don't see how it's going to be improved any by making it two-way."

Plans to convert Fifth Avenue South from Broadway to Lafayette to two-way are still in the works. But for now is still one-way.

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