Des Moines Engineering Project

The City of Des Moines Engineering Department provides technical engineering support to the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) and all City departments.


To construct public infrastructure and maintain traffic control systems essential to the safety, health, mobility, and quality of life for the Des Moines residents, businesses and guests.

Learn more about City Strategic Plans below

City Strategic Plans

Engineering Department responsibilities include:

Design and manage construction projects

  • Streets
  • Bridges
  • Sewers
  • Buildings
  • Parks
  • Other infrastructure

Construction field services for public and subdivision work

  • Inspection
  • Testing
  • Surveying

Construction contract administration

  • Bidding of projects
  • Federal and state grant compliance

Real estate

  • Acquisition
  • Relocation services
  • Disposition of City-owned property

Operate and maintain

  • Traffic signals
  • Street signs
  • Street lights
  • Pavement markings
  • Parking garages
  • Parking lots
  • Parking meters
  • Parking permits

Permitting activities in the streets and border areas

  • Utility installation
  • Drive accesses
  • Encroachments
  • Sidewalk construction
  • Oversize/overweight permits
  • House moving permits
Office Location
City Hall
400 Robert D. Ray Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Monday – Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Excluding City holidays

General Assistance
(515) 283-4920

Steven L. Naber

Steven L. Naber, P.E.
City Engineer


Engineering Org Chart