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Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Chamber, shared the results of their latest study during a City of Davenport management update meeting in an effort to inform City Council on the benefits of returning two-way traffic on Third and Fourth streets. Kyle Carter, Executive Director of Downtown Davenport Partnership was joined by consultant Doug Boyer, from the planning, landscape architect and development firm Edge to present their findings. 

The Quad-City Times covered the story, click here to read the article. 

You can find the highlights, plus full study findings below:

A Snapshot - Returning Two-Way Traffic on 3rd & 4th Streets: Why Should the City Adopt the 3rd & 4th Street Plan?


1. Davenport in Motion Study and recent reviews show no traffic crisis mandating streets remain one-way
• 1954 downtown traffic model no longer valid in 2017
• Plan enables stop signs where feasible, retains parallel parking, and updates loading zones (NO round-a-bouts)
• River Drive already serves as primary East/West bypass downtown
• Two-way traffic may be as efficient or better based on Trip-Serving Capacity (time to destination)
• Davenport traffic engineer reviewed plans and confirmed design meets technical criteria for conversion


2. Improved Safety for Pedestrians/Drivers/Cyclists & Improved Quality of Life for Neighborhood Residents
•  Reduces general traffic speed and confused drivers, enhancing pedestrian, driver and cyclist safety
    ■ Interstate width lanes are currently designed to move traffic at unsafe speeds out of downtown
    ■ Reduces dangerous high-speed turns and also increase eyes on street
    ■ Creation of bike lanes
• Improves safety for Creative Arts Academy Students, RiverCenter/Adler, and YMCA Child-Care Center
• Reduces noise pollution and nightly high-speed engine-revving on one-ways (a routine residential complaint)
•  Enhances Warehouse District Neighborhood and resident quality of life across downtown


3. Enhances Economic Vitality & Small Business Growth
•  Key development sites are more marketable with two-way streets
    ■ Future YMCA site development less valuable and more difficult with one-ways in place
• Retail storefronts more visible to and more accessible to customers
    ■ Accessibility/visibility from multiple directions at safer speeds; also retains parallel parking
    ■ Easily turn around when you miss a business or preferred parking place and improved loading zones
    ■ Encourages opening of new pedestrian-friendly retail businesses
• Plan supported by multiple independent studies, including Davenport In Motion and Livability Report
• Accelerate Western Gateway Development; interdependence with downtown next steps
•  Neighborhood vitality is worth a slight reduction in vehicle thru-put


4. Visitor-Friendly with Faster and Safer Access to Key Amenities & Hotels
• Less confusing to visitors and creates a pleasant first impression for tourists of our community
    ■ Downtown is the first and lasting impression of Davenport for a majority of visitors
    ■ Two-way streets with bike lanes are more inviting to visiting drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians
• Major community amenities including RiverCenter/Adler Theatre, Parking Ramps, and hotels are difficult to reach


5. We Are Not Alone
• Numerous cities have implemented conversion, resulting in boost to economy, safety and quality of life
• Cedar Rapids is implementing downtown two-way streets, Des Moines is pending, and Muscatine is complete

Next Steps 

1. Adopt 3rd & 4th Street alignment component of Davenport in Motion 

2. Direct staff to include project in Public Works C.I.P. planning process

To view the full study, click here.


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