5th Avenue and Grand Avenue One-Way to Two-Way Conversion Project

Project Overview

In 2017, the City completed a downtown walkability study, Connect Downtown, that aimed to improve mobility and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit users. One of the main goals of Connect Downtown was to convert existing one-way streets to two-way streets to improve access and circulation. This project proposes to convert 5th Avenue from Grand Avenue to Mulberry Street and Grand Avenue from 3rd Street to 5th Avenue from one-way streets to two-way. The project will include buffered bike lanes, green paint to increase the visibility of the bike lanes, durable pavement markings, pedestrian/sidewalk improvements, and improved bus stops along Grand Avenue.

Goals of Project

  • Convert three blocks of 5th Avenue from Mulberry Street to Grand Avenue and two blocks of Grand Avenue from 3rd Street to 5th Avenue from one-way to two-way
  • Provide two-way bicycle connectivity between recently completed bike lane projects on Cherry Street and E. Grand Avenue
  • Improve bus stops along Grand Avenue at 3rd Street and 4th Street
  • Improve walkability along the project corridors
  • Replace obsolete traffic signal equipment

Study Presentation

A virtual public open house was held via Zoom on May 5, 2021, to present the proposed project concepts and obtain input on the project. Approximately 20 people attended the Zoom meeting and provided comments. The presentation outlined the project improvements and included a concept plan showing the proposed improvements. Click here for the PDF version of the presentation.

City Project Manager
Corey Bogenreif, PE
City of Des Moines Traffic and Transportation Division

Grand Avenue Concept Plan

5th Avenue Concept Plan

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