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Street Improvements

The City of Des Moines is underway with the largest street repair effort in Des Moines history. More than $427 million in street construction, repair and rehabilitation is proposed between 2020 and 2027. That’s an average of $61 million invested in Des Moines streets each year moving forward, more than doubling the previous average of $30 million invested annually.

While the financial commitment is record-breaking for our city, the amount of work ahead of us is significant. Our latest assessment rated 43 percent of our streets in poor or very poor condition. Improvements won’t happen overnight, but there is now a substantial financial commitment to rebuild those streets to a higher standard with a longer expected lifespan.

Moving away from “the worst is first” approach, the City will continue to collect road condition data every two years to take a measured approach in determining the most efficient and effective way to prioritize the additional investment in street maintenance. We're rebuilding roads from the ground up, including major routes such as Fleur Drive and Hubbell Avenue, as well as neighborhood streets in every corner of the city.

20-year Street Maintenance Forecast

Capital Improvement Projects

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