E Court Avenue Reconstruction Project

Project Overview

Based on the existing pavement condition, E Court Avenue from E 1st Street to E 14th Street was identified as requiring full pavement reconstruction. The existing portion of E Court Avenue from Water Street to E 7th Street includes two eastbound travel lanes and one westbound travel lane with parking provided on both sides. From E 7th Street to Johnson Court, E Court Avenue is currently a three-lane cross-section with one travel lane in each direction and a two-way left-turn lane. Base on the Connect Downtown plan, the City's Transportation Master Plan, MoveDSM, existing data collection, and projected growth in the Historic East Village, additional changes are recommended to improve the corridor. The new street configuration varies throughout the corridor but in general, will include the one travel lane in either direction and buffered bike lanes from Water Street to Johnson Court.

Additional features include:

  • Concrete bump-outs at intersections to shadow parking and shorten pedestrian crossing distances
  • Back-in angle parking on the south side with parallel parking on the north side from Water Street to E 2nd Street will remain
  • Parallel parking will be provided on both sides of the street from E 2nd Street to E 4th Street. Parallel parking on the south side from E 4th Street to E 5th Street will remain
  • A two-way left-turn lane will be provided from E 5th Street to E 7th Street based on anticipated traffic growth due to the redevelopment of the Market District to the south
  • A two-way left-turn lane will be maintained from Dey Street to E 13th Court near the Capitol Complex
  • Turn lanes at E 14th Street will remain. An eastbound dual left turn at Johnson Court will be added based on traffic volumes
  • Drainage improvements to mitigate localized flooding near the Hoover Building on the Capitol Complex

Goals of Project

  • Reconstruct E Court Avenue from E 1st Street to E 14th Street
  • "Right Size" corridor cross-section based on existing and projected traffic volumes
  • Provide buffered bike lanes from the Des Moines River to Johnson Court
  • Improve walkability and shorten pedestrian crossing distances
  • Eliminate intersection skew of Dey Street and Finkbine Drive near the Capitol Complex
  • Coordinate construction with other construction projects in the Historic East Village

Presentation Details

A virtual public open house was held via Zoom on June 9th to present the proposed project concepts and obtain input on the project. In addition to City Staff, approximately eight people attended the Zoom meeting and provided comments. The presentation outlined the background of the project and included a concept plan showing the proposed improvements. Click here for the PDF version of the presentation.

City Project Manager
Corey Bogenreif, PE
City of Des Moines Traffic and Transportation Division

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