Driving through downtown Bettendorf could look a lot different if a potential change is approved.
But it wouldn’t start for another decade.
The Quad Cities Transportation Policy Committee held a meeting today to consider changing the one-way streets into two-ways.
Right now, State Street traffic flows to the east toward Le Claire and Grant Street heads west toward Davenport.
Under the proposal, State Street would no longer be part of U.S. Route 67. It would be changed to one lane in each direction and feature parking on each side. Bike lanes would also be included.
Then Grant Street would be turned into a two-way street with two lanes heading in each direction. A fifth middle turn lane would also be included.
“If you’re driving down State Street now you can see we have a large amount of truck traffic,” Brent Morlok, Bettendorf City Engineer. “Not the easiest to cross the street given that it’s 3-4 lanes wide if not 5 in some areas with parking. Not really a downtown feel, and that’s what we’re really trying to achieve.”
Construction on the new Interstate 74 bridge must be finished first. Iowa’s Department of Transportation would also have to sign off on the change before it can move forward.