Proposal for downtown includes bike lanes

Proposal for downtown includes bike lanes Main Photo

27 Oct 2020


Bill Shea

Central Avenue in downtown Fort Dodge may have designated bike lanes and less on-street parking in the future.

Also, a deadend section of 11th Street south of Central Avenue could be closed to traffic to create a plaza, and more landscaping could be added to public right-of-ways.

Those are all possibilities under a downtown streetscape plan introduced to the City Council Monday evening.

Implementing all elements of the plan drafted by Snyder & Associates, of Ankeny, would cost an estimated $14 million. However, any work to implement the plan’s recommendations will not happen anytime soon. The council took no action on the plan Monday.

Although listed on the council’s agenda as the Central Avenue draft concept plan, the proposal covers more than Central Avenue. The section of Central Avenue between Third and 12th streets is covered, along with all the streets that run north and south in that area.

Staffers from Snyder & Associates, participating in the meeting via internet, explained the elements of the plan.

Generally, the driving lanes on Central Avenue would be narrower to accommodate the bike lanes. The driving lanes around the City Square would also be narrower.

The bike lanes could be at the same height as the street or they could be at the height of the sidewalks, according to Tim West, a landscape architect with Snyder & Associates.

The plan envisions what West called “parklets” at different spots along Central Avenue. Each parklet, he said, would have some benches or other seating.

Under the proposal, parking lots would be surrounded by fences of brick and metal.

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