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Davenport City Council and Public Works held a joint work session on Monday night. Up for discussion is the conversion of 3rd St. and 4th St. from one-ways to two-ways.

City leaders say it's been that way for decades. While one-way traffic worked for the city then, it may not be right for the city now.

Monday night, city council and public works talked about converting 3rd and 4th Streets into two-ways.

Bill Boom, Davenport's 3rd Ward Alderman, explained the purpose of the work session --

"Trying to find out, what is it that we can do to improve business conditions along some of our major corridors coming in and out of the city?"

It's part of the "Davenport in Motion" master plan -- a study done by national consultants.

The study shows that two-way traffic would be more beneficial for local businesses. And many of the businesses that would be impacted, are on board with the change.

Antonia Vitale-Sgro owns Antonella's Pizzeria on 3rd St. She said the one-ways confuse some of her customers --

"I think it would be a smart choice for people that are coming from out of town and make it easy on their trip."

"In the long run, it will be beneficial I think," said Boozie's Bar & Grill owner, Mark McClintock. "You'll have traffic flow on both sides."

One issue that's prevented the conversion thus far? Cost.

Alderman Boom said new traffic signals could be upwards of $100,000 per intersection.

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