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RICHMOND, Va. – A project is underway to transform the one-way traffic pattern on East Grace Street between 4th and 9th Streets into a two-way traffic pattern.

Currently, vehicles can only move westbound. The conversion will permit cars to travel eastbound as well

According to city officials, converting the five-block area of East Grace Street is included in the 2009 Downtown Plan and is, in part, being implemented to help attract more businesses to downtown and make it easier for motorists to travel in the area.

In addition, the change will provide a direct connection to the Capitol Square.

The $376,000 cost for the project is being shared between the city and the state.

“City officials have long discussed ways to enhance East Grace Street in an attempt to restore it to its former splendor,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This improvement is one important step in that direction.”

The city predicts there will be prime opportunities for economic growth along the corridor, as evidenced by renewed interest from sidewalk café users, restaurants, offices and developers.

Earlier improvements, such as streetscaping and widening sidewalks, have made East Grace Street more pedestrian friendly, according to city officials.

The Department of Public Works expects to have the street conversion completed by the end of July. The work will include new two-way traffic signals and pavement markings, electrical work, handicap ramp modifications and modifications to pedestrian countdown signal heads.