6th Street SW Corridor Action Plan
The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking public input for the 6th St SW Corridor Action Plan, a comprehensive long-range planning initiative for improving the 6th Street SW corridor from 1st Avenue south to HWY 30.
The goal of public outreach is to help establish a long-term vision plan for the area, focused on key issues such as:
- Land Use: zoning and design standards
- Connectivity: vehicle/pedestrian/bicycle/transit usage and safety
- Character: design and placement of buildings
- Streetscapes: street lighting and landscaping along public right-of-way
- Placemaking: aesthetics, attractions, perceptions
Public improvements are already planned for the corridor in 2020 with a roadway project that stretches from Wilson Avenue SW to 33rd Avenue SW. The project includes pavement repairs, proposal to transition from four lanes to three lanes (one lane each direction with a dedicated left-turn lane), paved shoulders instead of gravel, and improvements to the transit bus stops; sidewalks will be added in 2021.
Benefits of Transitioning from 4-lane to 3-lane, courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation:
The 6th Street SW Corridor Action Plan follows similar planning initiatives already completed, including the College District Action Plan, Mt. Vernon Road Corridor Action Plan and the Northwest Neighborhood Action Plan. These plans take the concepts identified from the City’s comprehensive plan, EnvisionCR, and develop action steps and goals tailored to a specific geographic region.