The latest step towards a progressive Iowa City involves proposed road reconfigurations for First Avenue from Highway 6 to Mall Drive. Tonight the City will give a brief presentation about the project and gather community feedback. The open house meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Proctor & Gamble Room at Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Scanlon Gym (2701 Bradford Drive).
Traffic lanes in the mentioned areas will be reduced from four to three lanes — one lane in each direction and a center two-way, left turn lane. With the changes will come new traffic signals and additional bike lane pavings.
The conversions are part of the ongoing First Avenue Grade Separation Project — now in phase three of five. Crews are working on bridge abutments, driving piles and setting forms, according to the latest city update.
Project development is sponsored by the Traffic Safety Improvement Program funding and overseen by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Details on the proposed projects and lane conversions can be found on their website.