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One Iowa city mulls bringing two-way streets back to downtown

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Officials in Des Moines are considering turning most one-way downtown streets into two-way and adding more bicycle lanes in an effort to increase safety and promote retail development.

Des Moines, the Urban Land Institute of Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Partnership worked together to create the Connect Downtown plan. Connect Downtown would cost about $33 million, with an additional $500,000 in annual maintenance.

A report on the plan says reintroducing two-way traffic will make the area safer by reducing vehicle speeds and benefit local businesses by making them more accessible.

The report says changes could increase commutes for drivers during peak hours by one to three minutes.

City Council will consider adopting the plan on Nov. 20.

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