Ottumwa residents handling two-way streets transition well according to public works director

Intersection at Market and Second Streets

Now that two of the cityâ??s downtown streets are new two-way streets, Public Works Director Larry Seals says residents are handling the transition well.

A few drivers have turned into the wrong lane on Second Street or Main Street. Crews are monitoring the traffic signal at Jefferson and Main to see if any tweaks need to be made.

"One of the problems of course, is Market Street Bridge is out, so it has moved a lot of traffic that normally goes through that corridor over to Jefferson, so it's kind of a congested area for now," Seals said. "Other than that we've had a lot of positive comments from the conversion."

Next the city is getting ready to convert another portion of Second Street to two-way traffic. That will go from McClain to McPherson. Right now temporary stripes are being put down before paving gets underway. The conversion will be complete in the next couple of weeks.