Southwest Infrastructure Study

SW Infrastructure Planning Study

City Project Manager
Corey Bogenreif, P.E.
Principal Traffic Engineer
(515) 283-4014

Project Overview

The Des Moines Southwest Infrastructure and Planning Study is being completed to review existing infrastructure and develop recommendations to improve the transportation network to support future traffic demand from south of Des Moines, future development west of the Des Moines International Airport, and redevelopment opportunities that may occur along Bell Avenue and Thomas Beck Road. A Land Use Master Plan for the area south of Gray’s Lake and a drainage analysis for a wetland identified in the Gray’s Lake Master Plan are also being completed in conjunction with this study. An overview of the planning study areas is shown below.

Planning Study Area Overview

Infrastructure recommendations will be made to:

  • Maximize use of existing Highway 28 and Park Avenue improvements west of George Flagg Parkway to support increasing regional traffic.
  • Improve reliability of George Flagg Parkway to better serve commuters, freight, and emergency vehicles including traffic operations at the intersection with Park Avenue.
  • Recommend alignment modifications that connect George Flagg Parkway to Bell Avenue at SW 30th Street.
  • Improve Bell Avenue and Thomas Beck Road to support future redevelopment.
  • Integrate recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian network throughout the study area.
  • Develop a concept design and cost estimate for the Gray’s Lake Wetland identified in the Gray’s Lake Master Plan.

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