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Two-Way Conversion Updates

Two-Way Conversion Updates

UPDATE January 2018

Construction has stopped for the winter. We will begin new communication on the changes once we have an update from the City of Cedar Rapids in the spring.


UPDATE October 2017

The City of Cedar Rapids has begun construction on 4th and 5th Avenue downtown. This may impact access to parking around the Downtown Library. Work will happen in two phases:

  • Bump Outs around the railroad tracks and Greene Square Walkway – First Phase:
    • Work has begun on 5th Avenue, along PepsiCo, near the railroad tracks. Crews are cutting concrete to create new bump outs around the railroad tracks.
    • They will do the same on 4th Avenue on the Greene Square side. This will shut down parking spaces.
    • They will also start the bump out creation for the new direct walkway between the Library’s 4th Avenue walkway to Greene Square itself.
    • The concrete will then be removed and repoured into the bump outs, weather permitting, and complete within the next 1-2 weeks.


  • Bump Outs around the railroad tracks and Greene Square Walkway – Second Phase:
    • When the previous bump outs are done, they will move to the 5th Avenue side and cut the bump outs on the Library side.
    • At the same time, they will do this on the 4th Avenue side including next to the tracks AND the walkway to Greene Square. Again, parking will be reduced.
    • When they do the bump outs for the Greene Square walk, this WILL close a portion the front sidewalk temporarily. My hope is that we’ll know when this will happen so we can notify patrons of this updated change.
    • This work will take an additional 1-2 weeks, weather permitting.

Items to note:

  • Traffic will still flow – there will be no lane closures.
  • Access to the drive-up book drop and Greyhound Cafe drive-up will remain OPEN. Please follow the cones as needed.
  • Traffic will remain one-way until final work is done in the spring.


There is a lot of activity happening in the Downtown area this fall, including the conversion from one-way to two-way streets. This will have an impact on our Downtown Library and may cause disruptions in certain access points throughout the process. Please follow the City of Cedar Rapids updates by subscribing to their e-newsletter or text alerts here.

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