The Muscatine City Council approved the contract and bond for the Park Avenue 4 to 3 Lane Conversion Project at the July 16 meeting. The Iowa Department of Transportation opened bids for this project on June 16, 2020, with Manatts,Inc., the winning bid at $2,284,476.07 which was lower than the engineer estimates. IDOT will fund $1,297,714.00 of the project with the rest shared by the City of Muscatine and Muscatine Power & Water.
A Pre-Construction meeting will be held on July 27.
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.
This video is used with permission from the Iowa DOT
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.