Two construction projects that will affect traffic on Davenport’s East River Drive won’t begin until at least late April.

One is an improvement project for the East River Drive and Mound Street intersection, which came up at Wednesday’s Davenport City Council meeting. The other is the completion of the East River Drive resurfacing from Mound Street to Bridge Avenue.

The intersection project, budgeted at $100,000, includes a decorative crosswalk similar to what is at the intersection of 11th and Christie streets in the Village of East Davenport. A bid opening is scheduled for April 3.

Materials for the East River Drive resurfacing won’t be available until at least late April, said Steve Russell, the city’s capital improvement project manager.

Both projects will be done at the same time to have less effect on traffic, Russell said. The combined work on River Drive is expected to take four to six weeks.

“We don’t want to do multiple closures, so we will try to coordinate,” he said.

Last year, East River Drive was shut down either completely or partially for several months as resurfacing and other infrastructure work was done between Iowa Street and the Bettendorf border.

The council also discussed a request to the Iowa Department of Transportation to convert Harrison Street between 5th and 18th streets to two lanes, allowing on-street parking. The council heard in a study session earlier this year that a conversion, once approved, would be done during the summer.

Business owners in the Harrison Street corridor want more on-street parking to help draw more customers.

Some aldermen spoke about traffic and safety concerns with the traffic change. On-street parking or stopping won’t be allowed on parts of Harrison Street near J.B. Young Intermediate School and Central High School.

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