1st Avenue to become two-way soon

The Minneapolis Department of Public Works will remove the orange barrels and barricades at 28th Street at the end of July, making 1st Avenue South a two-way street for the first time since 1952.

The street has previously been one-way northbound.

The change has been in the works for about a year. The street's residents hope that speeds will drop when 1st Avenue becomes a two-way, making the road safer in the mostly residential area.

The change is slated to last nine months. Next spring, the city's traffic department and neighborhood groups will analyze data on traffic volume, speed and accidents. Then will also analyze the impact on neighboring streets such as Stevens Avenue, which for as many years has been a one-way southbound.