Change is part of overall series of improvements to Ponce corridor.
Ponce de Leon Avenue will lose a lane in both directions between the Boulvevard/Monroe Drive and Freedom Parkway intersections, according to a BeltLine improvement plan. The remaining two lanes will be widened and the plan also will include a center lane for turns and some pedestrian islands, according to a report by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association. The plan also calls for bike lanes from Ponce and the Boulevard/Monroe Drive intersection to Ponce de Leon Place. Those lanes will be buffered by one- to two-foot-wide traffic barriers, the report said. There was no immediate start date, but the city expects it to be finished in the summer. Other Ponce projects include: