This video is used with permission from the Iowa DOT
The proposed improvements focus specifically on safety, including traffic lane reconfiguration that would change the road from four lanes (two operating in each direction) to three lanes (one lane in each direction and a center two-way, left turn lane). The City is looking to make these conversions on Park Avenue from Harrison Street to the Iowa 92 bridge. The lane reconfiguration will also allow for new sidewalk ramps.
The Iowa Department of Transportation will help with the development of the project through Traffic Safety Improvement Program funding.
Final designs are completed with an anticipated Iowa Department of Transportation bid letting of June 16, 2020. Costs will be shared by the City of Muscatine, Muscatine Power and Water, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Research suggests significant safety benefits can be achieved through four-lane to three-lane conversion projects, including reduced crashes. Pictured below are common crashes that occur on four-lane, two-way traffic roads.