SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Change has arrived to State Street in Springfield aimed at making it safer for pedestrians.

Beginning Wednesday, changes to traffic flow will begin on State Street by the Springfield Central Library. Those temporary improvements will include narrowing the roadway from two lanes on each side of the road down to one with traffic cones and barricades in order to study the effect of the changes to pedestrian safety.

Jesse Lederman is the City Council President and Chairman of the Maintenance and Development Committee. He said by putting in these temporary measures by the library, it will tell drivers to slow down.

“We want folks to know this is not a highway area. It’s an area where people need to slow down. They need to be cautious and recognize there is an important piece to drivers paying attention. The structural barrier we feel will allow for that to be the case,” said Lederman.

This current set up will be up for the next few weeks but Lederman said he expects Department of Public Works put in place something more permanent. He hopes that would happen before Labor Day.

Drivers should expect slower traffic along State Street through downtown Springfield.