Public Works

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Traffic Engineering: 319-286-5176

Email: traffic@cedar-rapids.org

Two-Way Conversions

2017-18 Two-Way Conversions_Sept17 UpdateTwo-way streets, bike lanes, transit options, and pedestrian facilities have been intentionally incorporated to support the ongoing development of the downtown. Two-way streets are also easier to navigate and help reduce speeds. 

This summer and fall, work will continue on the two-way conversions and bring us significantly closer to a more consistent two-way network.

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2018 Downtown Projects

2nd Avenue SE, from 1st Street SE to 8th Street SE

  • Two-way conversion
  • Milling, resurfacing
  • Traffic signal removals
  • ADA / Sidewalk improvement
  • Bike lanes
  • Completed Last Year: Pedestrian bump-outs at two intersections

4th and 5th Avenue SE, from 3rd Street to 5th Street

  • Two-way conversion
  • Milling, resurfacing 
  • Storm sewer replacement
  • Pedestrian bump-outs at four intersections
  • ADA / Sidewalk improvements
  • Bike lanes on 4th Ave

Installation of Railroad Gates & Crossing Arms 
Construction and timeline governed by the railroad

  • 2nd Avenue, 4th Avenue, 5th Avenue | Spring/Summer 2018
  • 3rd Avenue | 2018 or 2019 
  • 1st Avenue | Timeline TBD

Conversions Scheduled for 2019

  • 3rd Avenue SE, from 3rd Street to 8th Street
  • 3rd Avenue SE, from 12th Street to 19th Street

Railroad Crossings
Continued collaboration with Union Pacific Railroad means that safety improvements will also take place this year and next at the railroad crossings, including the construction of new arms and gates. These are necessary to support two-way traffic and will also help secure a quiet zone. UPRR will coordinate these improvements at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Avenues.


Benefits of Two-Way Travel:

  • Support for residential, downtown living
  • Increase in retail
  • Increase in pedestrian safety and activity
  • Slower traffic speeds
  • Opportunity to bike, drive, or walk 

Pedestrian Safety | Painted Islandspainted pedestrian areas downtown

  • Reduces walking distance for pedestrians. 
  • Increases visibility for those trying to cross the street. 

Protected Bike Lanes on 3rd Avenue

  • 3rd Avenue is a primary bicycle route and cuts through the core of downtown, making it an ideal Protected bike lane with signagelocation for the addition of bike lanes.
  • The new lanes also connect to already existing bike lanes on 3rd Avenue, closing the gaps in our bike network.
  • Protected bike lanes come with many safety benefits. Learn more about Protected Bike Lanes and other pavement markings

Traffic Signals 

  • Traffic volumes have decreased downtown. Those visiting downtown are often traveling to a destination, not as a pass-through route. 
  • The signals in the downtown area that are being removed do not meet traffic warrants, which means traffic could be accommodated comfortably by stop signs.
  • Stop signs also help eliminate unnecessary idling and the yielding that comes with waiting for oncoming traffic.
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