A section of First Avenue North in Fort Dodge will be opened to two-way traffic beginning on Monday.
First Avenue North between 12th and 20th streets will be permanently switched from one-way to two-way traffic Monday morning, according to an announcement from the city engineer's office.
Now, traffic is eastbound only on that section of street.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
To alert drivers of the upcoming change, signs like this are posted at 12th Street North and North 15th Street on First Avenue North. Beginning Monday, the one-way street will become a two-way street between 12th and 20th streets. The change is permanent.
"It doesn't need to be one-way," said Scott Meinders, a civil engineer for the city.
Meinders said streets are designated for one-way traffic because they have "capacity issues" that prevent them from carrying a full load of vehicles heading in both directions.
He added that one-way streets usually are found in pairs with each street in the pair carrying traffic in opposite directions.
"In this case, that road doesn't meet any of those qualifications," Meinders said.
He said the City Council's Engineering and Streets Committee gave its OK in August to opening the road for two-way traffic.
The full council never voted on the change.
The conversion to two-way traffic dovetails with the completion of a resurfacing project on that section of street.
First Avenue North alternates between one-way and two-way traffic for its entire length. Between Third and Seventh streets, it is two-way. Then between Seventh and 20th streets, it is one way eastbound. The eastern end of the road between 20th and 22nd streets is two-way.