University Avenue Corridor Improvements (31st Street to 48th Street)

Reconstructing University Avenue Corridor: A Project Overview

Beginning in 2019, The City of Des Moines Engineering Department began University Avenue Corridor Improvements starting at 63rd Street, working east towards the downtown area. The primary goal of these improvements was to improve roadway safety for all types of traffic that utilize this corridor, including reducing unsafe corridor speeds and vehicular maneuvering (jockeying/passing), improving pedestrian crossings, and adding dedicated bicycle facilities. "Road Diets" such as this 4-lane to 3-lane conversion have been proven nationally and locally to improve roadway safety and multi-modal accessibility for all.

Background on Completed Improvements

  • In 2019, University Avenue from 63rd Street to 55th Street was converted from 4 lanes to 3 lanes with a center left-turn lane. The Pedestrian bridge near the Windsor Elementary School was also replaced with the HAWK (High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk) Beacon and a raised refuge island.
  • In 2019, University Avenue from 55th Street to 48th Street was converted from 4 lanes to 3 lanes with a center left-turn lane. A multi-use trail was also added alongside the Waveland Golf Course.
  • In 2020, University Avenue from 31st Street to 25th Street was converted from 5 lanes to 3 lanes with a center left-turn lane. Dedicated on-street bicycle lanes were also installed.

Project Purpose and Goals

Safety: The main goal of this project is to improve roadway safety and multi-modal accessibility

Consistent Corridors: A vehicular traffic study was completed and found traffic volumes are well within 3 lane roadway capacity.

Improving Pavement Condition: The roadway pavement has deteriorated and needs to be resurfaced.

 

City Project Manager
Christopher Kuhl
City of Des Moines Engineering Department - Project Engineer
Phone
(515)-283-4073
Email
CKKuhl@dmgov.org
 

Project Presentations