By Jeff Paul


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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s congested, hard to find parking and now Knox Street will have one less lane.

It is part of what the City of Dallas is calling a “complete street project.”

The City Council approved putting Knox Street on a diet on Wednesday.

The idea is for crews to take away a lane, widen one sidewalk, shifting parking diagonally and make the middle lane just for turning.

“I’m not against change. Anyone who knows me, knows I like change. But this just doesn’t make sense,” said Sonny Williams, who owns the historic Highland Park Soda Fountain.

Williams feels the slimmed-down road will only create more congestion, less parking. He also is concerned over the estimated 12 to 18 months of construction estimated to complete the project.

“It’s going to upset people. How will they handle that? They won’t come back,” said Williams. “That could be the demise of several businesses up and down the street.”

City planner Tanya Brooks said Dallas studied the idea and feels it will create more mobility for options like walking or biking.

“We don’t want to kill businesses. That’s not our intent,” said Brooks.

The diversity of travel helps the growing area flow better, according to Brooks.

“Give it time. Give it a chance. I think it will work out,” said Brooks.

Williams is cautious, but is hoping for the best.

“Who knows, maybe it will work,” said Williams. “But my opinion and several businesses up and down the street, they all say, ‘are you kidding me?’”

The city said it is planning to begin the project Fall of 2017.

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