Work restoring two-way streets in downtown Cedar Rapids nears end

Work begins last week on converting Third Avenue SE near Greene Square from one-way to two-way traffic. It marks the final downtown street to undergo the conversions that began in 2015. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Work begins last week on converting Third Avenue SE near Greene Square from one-way to two-way traffic. It marks the final downtown street to undergo the conversions that began in 2015. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids is nearing the end of its multiyear U-turn away from downtown one-way streets.

Last week, crews tore out sidewalk ramps and bump-outs along Third Avenue SE near Greene Square in the first steps to prepare for two-way traffic — something motorists haven’t seen there in half a century.

While a few two-way projects remain in the city’s planning hopper, Third Avenue SE is the final downtown street to undo the one-way conversions that took place in 1950s Cedar Rapids.