The MedQuarter Regional Medical District will soon be easier to navigate with the installation of a wayfinding system. The initiative, which began three years ago, creates a comprehensive vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding system for Cedar Rapids’ core districts of Downtown, including Kingston Village, the MedQuarter and Czech Village/New Bohemia.
This Fall, the MedQuarter’s 18 vehicular signs will be installed throughout the district starting at the 7th Street exit off south bound I-380, along 7th Street SE, along 8th Avenue SE, along 10th Street SE and along 1st Avenue SE & NE. The signs will direct visitors to major arteries, anchor institutions, districts and public destinations both within and outside of the MedQuarter. Spots include Mt. Vernon Road, Coe College, Mercy Medical Center, Physicians’ Clinic, St. Luke’s Hospital, Czech Village, Downtown, New Bohemia, the U.S. Cellular Convention Center, Greene Square, Museum of Art, Paramount Theatre and the Public Library.
“I’m excited to get this project off the drawing board and into our core districts,” said Matt Myers, Traffic Engineering Manager and City Traffic Engineer for the City of Cedar Rapids. “The City recognizes the value of enhanced signage and I have enjoyed working with the core districts in creating a system that meets their diverse needs.”
The remaining portions of the signage for the MedQuarter, Downtown, Kingston Village and Czech Village/New Bohemia will be manufactured and installed as funding becomes available. The City is in the process of budgeting for the entire system and is working on a state grant application that may assist with the cost. Installation of the full system will fulfill the vision of implementing a wayfinding system that assists drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to navigate within and between the city’s core districts. In the meantime, this is an important first step.
The creation of the comprehensive wayfinding system has been a collaborative effort between the Downtown District, MedQuarter Regional Medical District, Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District, GO Cedar Rapids and the City of Cedar Rapids and included many hours of planning, location assessment, wayfinding analysis, public input and design revisions to create the final system.