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DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC: City Council Looks At Downtown Improvements

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The Des Moines City Council is expected to approve a plan that would change the look and traffic patterns of a major road.

The comprehensive plan calls for improvements along 6th Avenue from Interstate 235, near downtown to the Des Moines River Bridge. 

Area businesses and nearby property owners helped develop the design to make the road safer for drivers and pedestrians. 

The plan includes reducing the number of lanes from five to three, which would make room for bike lanes and wider sidewalks. 

The project also includes aesthetic improvements, such as trees and public art. 

The cost is estimated at $3 million, some of which will come from federal grants.