GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Big changes are coming to the heart of a city in Gwinnett County.
Lawrenceville is converting Perry and Clayton streets in the downtown area from one-way streets to two-way streets.
City leaders told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas the goal isn’t to ease congestion, but to slow traffic down.
“We no longer want to have a downtown center where it's just a drive thru,” city manager Chuck Warbington said.
Warbington says people use Lawrenceville as a cut through to rush up to the Mall of Georgia or down to Snellville. The city wants everyone to slow down and hopefully walk around safely.
“We want to you have a nice experience and not have to fight cars as you navigate the downtown area,” Warbington said.
Some work is already underway for the upcoming lanes changes. Beginning July 9, crews will first convert Perry Street into a two-way. Then, after a week or two, they will convert Clayton Street, too.
“In the end, I think the flow around the square will be better,” said Cheryl Manning, who works at a business on the square.
Businesses around the square have pushed the idea for years, wanting fewer traffic jams and more customers.
“I'm hoping that … it's going to alleviate some of the backup we have,” Manning said.
Some drivers though aren’t exactly thrilled by the idea of changing the routes.
“Seeing it slow down more than what traffic normally is, I don't necessarily think that's a great thing,” said Eli Autry, who lives in Lawrenceville.
The changes will all begin the Monday after the Fourth of July holiday.
The two other streets on the square, which go east and west, will remain one-way streets for now.
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