Why are these streets being converted to two-way traffic?

The use of one-way streets was established in the late 1940s, before Business 40 (now Salem Parkway) was built and vehicles had to go through downtown to get from one side of Winston-Salem to the other. 

That is no longer the case. And the growth of downtown as a destination for visitors and as a place to live has created greater interest in making downtown more accommodating for pedestrians and bicyclists.

A study of downtown streets completed in 2015 recommended converting First, Second, Liberty and Main streets to two-way traffic to slow traffic, make downtown more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, improve traffic circulation in downtown and enhance the overall downtown business environment. 

Slowing traffic and allowing two-way traffic will allow motorists to see potential attractions or businesses that they might want to patronize. Lower speeds also promote walkability, which is a favorable condition for downtown business.

Two-way streets will also improve traffic circulation. Visitors will be able to get to their destination more directly, resulting in them getting off the road sooner than if they had to circle a block because of the one-way traffic.

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1. Why are these streets being converted to two-way traffic?
2. Why are portions of First Street and Second streets still one-way?
3. Don't the one-way sections on First and Second streets defeat the purpose of the two-way conversion?
4. Why is the block of Second Street between Broad and Spring remaining one-way?
5. How do two-way streets calm traffic?
6. What happens to traffic patterns during the transition?
7. When will this happen?
8. How long will it take?
9. How much will it cost?