Board of Works Set to Hear Proposal on Reverting Key Downtown Streets to 2-way

"What once was old is new again" as the Board of Public Works and Safety prepares to hear a proposal from HWC Engineering regarding the possibility of reverting some key downtown streets from 1-way traffic to 2-way traffic at next Tuesday's meeting (9/13, 10am).

Here are some interesting historic photos of how traffic flowed on certain streets in the past.

New Albany Inn on Market Street in the late 1950s.

New Albany Inn on Market Street in the late 1950s.

The Tavern Hotel (New Albany Inn) Building in the 1950s.

The Tavern Hotel (New Albany Inn) Building in the 1950s.

These pictures of the old New Albany Inn (now Brooklyn and the Butcher) were taken in the 1950s. If you notice how the cars are parked in front, you can tell that traffic still flowed one-way on Market Street, but in the opposite direction! Traffic flowed westbound instead of the current eastbound one-way traffic. Even more interesting, around the corner on Bank Street, traffic flowed southbound instead of the current northbound configuration.

Pearl Street with 2-way Traffic during the 1940s.

Pearl Street with 2-way Traffic during the 1940s.

This picture shows Pearl Street in the 1940s, with the beautiful old United States Post Office and Court House Building (in the right foreground). Traffic here is seen moving 2-ways along Pearl Street.

Spring Street as a 2-way street during the early 1960s.

Spring Street as a 2-way street during the early 1960s.

Pictured above is the old Floyd County Jail on Spring Street, with traffic moving 2-ways in front of it. This picture was taken in the early 1960s.