LEWISTON — The city will look at narrowing all but the first two blocks of Park Street downtown to one lane to slow traffic and to stop cars from driving the wrong way.

Public Works Director David Jones said he’s talking to businesses and property owners along Park Street from Ash Street south to see how the change would affect them.

“But really, the majority of buildings down there are city buildings and city property — City Hall, Kennedy Park, the police station,” Jones said. “There are businesses along the way.”

Park Street is two lanes from Main Street, past Kennedy Park. The road has parallel parking on either side up to Pine Street.

Jones said the new plan would add angle-in parking on Park Street from Ash Street south, removing one lane of traffic. That would force cars to slow down but also signal drivers trying to go north on the road that they’re going the wrong way.

“We get so many complaints about speeding there, and about people just going the wrong way,” Jones said. “This could be a really good way to handle that.”

Work would begin within the next month, Jones said.

“I want to talk to the property owners, and then make sure we can get the tractor-trailers through,” Jones said. “But once we get that settled, I think we can do it.”

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