Street Improvements & Flood Prevention

Street Improvement priorityThirty years of economic downturns resulted in tight budgets, causing many Des Moines streets to fall into disrepair. Recent storms producing record-breaking rainfall in short periods of time have generated a greater sense of urgency to measure, prioritize and improve our stormwater management systems throughout the entire city.

Local Option revenue has allowed the City to supplement its Capital Improvement Plan budget, resulting in an accelerated approach to address much needed infrastructure improvement projects in every ward.


FY2021 Local Option expenditures

Area:
Street Improvements & Flood Prevention
FY2021
Budget
FY2021
Actual
Street Improvements $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Stormwater Improvements $1,550,000 $1,550,000
Flood Prevention Property Buyouts $400,000
Total Budget $6,950,000 $6,550,000

Street Improvements

FY2021 Local Option revenue was used to add extra streets to the 2020 Residential Paving Program, as well as fund rehabilitation of major roadways such as Easton Boulevard, Keosauqua Way and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, as well as the East 30th Street Bridge. The list below does not include projects funded by property or road use taxes.

• 2020 Residential Paving Program
$5 million in construction costs funded by Local Option.

This program reconstructs the pavement between the existing curb and gutters in residential neighborhoods. Localized areas of the curb and gutters are repaired, the existing asphalt surfacing materials are removed by milling/scarifying the street to an average depth of four-inches between the existing curb and gutters, then, the subgrade/subbase is prepared and the HMA pavement is constructed in two equal lifts. The program also addresses replacing existing sidewalk ramps with ADA-compliant ramps. 

These residential streets saw improvements thanks to Local Option revenue in FY2021:

  • SW 1st Street from Olinda Avenue to Davis Avenue
  • SE 7th Street from Pioneer Road south to dead end
  • 13th Street from Madison Avenue to Shawnee Avenue
  • 14th Street from Shawnee Avenue north to dead end
  • 15th Street from Madison Avenue north to dead end
  • SW 22nd Street from Willowmere Drive south to dead end
  • 25th Street from Sheridan Avenue to Prospect Road
  • E 33rd Court from E University Avenue to Simms Drive
  • E 35th Street from E University Avenue to Simms Drive
  • 49th Place from Hickman Road to Holcomb Avenue
  • Amherst Street from E. Douglas Avenue north to dead end
  • Anita Avenue from SE 8th Court east to dead end
  • Boston Avenue from 38th Street west to dead end
  • E Broad Street from South Union Street to SE 5th Street
  • California Drive from Crocker Street north to Chamberlain Avenue
  • Cambridge Street from E Douglas Avenue to E Aurora Avenue
  • Highland Street from Olinda Avenue to Davis Avenue
  • Holcomb Avenue from 49th Street to 50th Street
  • Kirkwood Avenue from SE 10th Street to SE 14th Street
  • Olinda Avenue from South Union Street to SW 9th Street
  • Oxford Street from E Douglas Avenue to E Aurora Avenue
  • E Pleasant View Drive from South Union Street to SE 5th Street
  • Seneca Avenue from 14th Street to 16th Street
  • Shawnee Avenue from 14th Street to 15th Street
  • E Shawnee Avenue from North Union Street to Amherst Street
  • Simms Drive from E 33rd Court to E 35th Street

Future Local Option street improvement funds will continue to accelerate the City’s five-year road construction plan. Track plans for your neighborhood by exploring the City’s interactive project map at DSM.city/projects.

• Stormwater Fund
$1 million in project reimbursement funded by Local Option.

In FY 2020, the General Fund loaned the Stormwater Fund $9 million for project needs. This allowed the City to begin large stormwater improvement projects much earlier than previously expected. Local Option funds will reimburse the General Fund at $1 million per year. This annual reimbursement started in FY2021 and is expected to end in FY2030.

Supported projects include:

  • Leetown Creekway ($1,000,000)
  • Flood Mitigation Projects ($3,000,000)
  • Hamilton Drainage Area ($5,000,000)

Stormwater Improvements

FY2020 Local Option revenue was used to begin the process of developing a citywide Stormwater Master Plan without using existing stormwater fees or reducing the amount of planned construction work for storm sewers. City Council voted on July 13, 2020 to approve a two-phased approach that will be completed by the end of the 2021 calendar year.

• Stormwater Master Plan
$550,000 in administrative costs funded by Local Option.

Following City Council’s approval, here’s the timeline for collecting and assessing data to implementing a five-year capital plan and 25-year financial plan:

Phase 1

  • September 2020 – March 2021
    • Data needs assessment
    • Asset management program development
    • Capital prioritization process development
    • Administrative and regulatory planning
  • April 2021 – Phase 1 wrap-up

Phase 2

  • June-November 2021
    • System modeling
    • Capital project list development
    • Development of five-year capital plan and
      25-year financial plan
  • December 2021 – Phase 2 wrap-up

Flood Prevention Property Buyouts

No Local Option revenue was used in FY2021 for this program. The originally budgeted $400,000 will carry over into FY2022 to support both citywide voluntary flood buyouts and buyouts necessary in the Fourmile Creek watershed.