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Davenport Council Prepares Downtown For 2-Way Traffic

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Davenport council members voted to get rid of traffic lights in two intersections in the downtown area because they say they're not needed anymore.

At their meeting Wednesday night, May 8, 2013, they agreed to remove the lights at 2nd and Perry Streets as well as the ones at 4th and Warren Streets.

Council members say the lights at 4th and Perry were put up before the River Center was built and because of traffic flow, they are no longer necessary.

The reason behind removing the traffic lights is to make way for converting third and fourth streets from one-ways to two-ways.

Ron Smith, Manager of Furnish 1-2-3 isn't sure he wants to see the change.

"Actually we like the light, because everybody that pulls in front of our store has to stop. And I can see people when they pull in front of the store and stop, they do look through the window."

Alderman Bill Boom tells KWQC the council's decision will help lower costs on the transition to two-way downtown traffic.

"By removing lights, it removes cost from the project. So not only are we upgrading traffic systems and make it flow better in those areas, but it also make it easier for us implement the transportation plan."

There is no word yet on a timeline for the changes.

While alderman have approved the two-way plan, they say it's expensive. Each intersection costs almost 100-thousand dollars to convert.

Click here for more on the conversion from one-way to two-way traffic: http://bit.ly/13F5eSZ