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Big changes in downtown Davenport that will affect how you get around town could be on the way. The city is considering installing stop signs and roundabouts 3rd and 4th Streets; it's all part of a plan to convert these one ways into two way streets.  

City leaders say it would move traffic along and possibly improve business. Most of the intersections in the area would change. 

Four way stops would be installed at about 14 intersections downtown, and roundabouts would be installed at 10 intersections. 

The roundabouts would be new to Davenport, but some in our area already have them like Galesburg and one in Bettendorf. 

"Roundabouts will work and move traffic in a very uniform fashion through the downtown," Davenport Public Works Director Michael Clarke says. 

Driving around the Quad Cities, you won't see too many roundabouts, but you could soon. 

"Instead of everybody surging forward, trying to get to the next traffic light and having to stop, I would envision traffic would move more gracefully, more consistently and more slowly," Clarke says.

Smoother traffic and at a cheaper cost.  

Putting in new lights at these intersections to change them to two ways streets would cost around $2.2 million. 

Adding in roundabouts and stop signs would only cost about $500,000. 

But some drivers aren't convinced. 

"It sounds confusing," Elaine Bell of Buffalo, IA says, "I don't see where anybody's having a problem now the way they are so I'm totally against it." 

 "I don't think that will help downtown traffic one iota and I think it'll be worse for drivers," Nancy Newton of Davenport, IA says. 

But city leaders say changing the streets could happen as quickly as overnight, it's the public education that will take the longest. 

"Implementation comes with a long lead time of public education and awareness, weeks if not months," Clarke says. 

Time city leaders say they plan on taking to make sure it's the right move for Davenport.     

City leaders will meet with Public Works Saturday, January 19th in a work session to decide where to go from here. But officials say expect at least some public input forums first to see what drivers and others think.