Davenport discusses two-way traffic for 3rd and 4th Streets downtown

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - As Davenport's downtown is evolving there's a renewed push to return a couple of thoroughfares to two-way streets. Converting 3rd and 4th Streets from one-way traffic to two-way streets is something that's been brought up before.

On Tuesday, November 14th, city leaders heard results from a recent traffic study. The Davenport in Motion study and recent reviews show no traffic crisis mandating streets remain one-way. Presenters say making the change would improve safety and economic growth in the downtown.

"It's just generally more friendly to visitors and people that aren't nearly as familiar with downtown as the regulars. My favorite one, we are not alone. There are many communities across the United States that have actually implemented this change at this point," said Kyle Carter, Executive Director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership.

It was 1954 when 3rd and 4th Streets were changed to one-way corridors. Carter says the 1954 traffic model is no longer valid in 2017. The plan would switch from three lanes on both 3rd and 4th Streets to one lane in each direction, a center turn lane, and bike lanes.

It's estimated to cost between $1.2 million and $1.5 million to convert between Marquette Street and East River Drive. The proposal is very early in the discussion phase.