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Dubuque to convert four one-way streets into two-way streets

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DUBUQUE — Things could get confusing if you’re driving in downtown Dubuque next week. That’s because the city is changing several one way streets to two ways.

Starting at sunrise on Monday, traffic can go both ways on 9th, 10th, 11th and Pine Streets. They’ve all been one way streets for decades.

Dubuque Public Information Officer Randy Gehl says the city has been getting the message out about the change to as many drivers as possible. Warning signs went up on Monday. Gehl says for months the city has been blasting information to the public through newsletters and social media.

Engineers say the whole point of the conversion is to help traffic better flow between the Historic Millwork District and the rest of the downtown area.

This week, all four streets are still one way, but the city has reduced them down to one lane. That’s so crews can change the paint on the road from white to yellow.

Pickle Barrel Subs sits right on the busy corner of 9th and Main Streets. Inside employees say they’re actually not expecting the street change to impact their business at all. Instead they say they’re worried about drivers getting confused and causing accidents.

Owner Kelly Kunnert said she worries elderly drivers won’t be able to navigate the new route in front of her business.

One Pickle Barrel employee, Kristina said, “They are so used to coming down this way, so they might drive into the other lane and not be used to going the other way.”

This whole project comes with a $1.7 million price tag. The city says that money is being used to change traffic signals, install fiber optics, and change the street signs. That includes the cost to reconstruct Pine Street.

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