SIOUX CITY | The plan to add back-in angle parking is gone. So is the plan to squeeze traffic down from four lanes to three.
Just under two months after business owners strongly opposed the city's design for a half-mile reconstruction project on Morningside Avenue, designers on Thursday showed them a modified plan that eliminates what had been the two major points of controversy.
Approximately 20 business owners and residents met with city staff and representatives of the design firm, DGR Engineering, at the Morningside Branch Library Thursday evening to discuss the new project design.
"We're looking at putting Morningside Avenue back as the four-lane, concrete paving that you see there today," said city civil engineer Justin Pottorff. "There's no three lanes on this, there's no back-in angle parking, nothing crazy like that."
The reconstruction project, slated to begin in mid-May and conclude in mid-November, will affect Morningside Avenue from South Nicollet Street to South Lakeport Street. Work will include the replacement of all pavement, sidewalks and water main, sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure.
In mid-September, city staff had come before the City Council for feedback on a plan that would have also included a transition from four-lane to three-lane traffic on Morningside Avenue for the half-mile stretch between the South Lakeport Street intersection and South St. Aubin Street, as well as the addition of reverse-angle parking on the street's south side.
Both aspects were unpopular.
Members of the public had showed up at the council's Sept. 11 meeting to share their issues with the designs, and the council ended up deleting the item from the agenda.
Thursday, business owners showed appreciation that those parts had been eliminated from the project. Main concerns included the timing of the four-stage project and how it would affect customer traffic and truck access for loading and unloading at the businesses.
The project will begin in May and is expected to be complete in November 2018. Final plans will be submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation at the end of this month.
The city will hold a third public meeting in the spring once a contractor has been determined.