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Davenport Studies Making 3rd & 4th Streets Two-Way

3rd Street, outside the Adler Theater, looking west to Brady Street.
Downtown Davenport Partnership
3rd Street, outside the Adler Theater, looking west to Brady Street.

Hoping to promote safety and downtown businesses, Davenport is considering the conversion of 3rd and 4th streets to two-way traffic. This week, the city council directed city staff to study the possibility, looking at intersection design, traffic lights, and loading zones.

Kyle Carter, Executive Director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership, says the study will look at 3rd and 4th streets, from River Drive west to Marquette, and possibly as far as Division and Telegraph.

"Ultimately we're looking for traffic calming because downtown is now a mixed use neighborhood with over 2,000 people that live there and many hundreds of apartments still coming. It's also better for business access, business visibility, and tourism - from a visitor's standpoint less confusing, easier to get around."

He says the two streets are wide enough now to allow for one traffic lane in each direction, parallel parking on both sides, a bike lane, and a center turn lane.

The conversion could cost about 1.7 million dollars.

"The Downtown Partnership, the property owners, the people who tax themselves additional dollars every year to re-invest in the private-public realm, are putting in $700,000 over ten years. The public side of things is about one million, and the private sector is covering almost 40 per cent."

Carter says the study by city staff should take several months, then go to the city council for a final decision. If it's "yes," then switching 3rd and 4th streets to two-way traffic would be done in 2023 and '24.