Iowa City Considers 2-Way Traffic on 1-Way Streets

Governor Street in Iowa City. Photographed Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in Iowa City. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Iowa City are studying whether to allow two-way traffic on what are now one-way streets.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the county's Metropolitan Planning Organization has nearly completed a study of Governor Street and likely will make a recommendation to the City Council next month about whether to make part of the street two-way.

City transportation planner John Yapp says analysts also have begun taking a look at other streets.

Yapp says one-way streets move traffic efficiently but tend to increase vehicle speeds and be confusing for visitors.

Iowa City returned two-way traffic to a two-block stretch of Washington Street last year and has received a positive response.

City Council member Terry Dickens, who owns a jewelry store on Washington Street, says customers like the change.

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