Rehabilitation of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Underway

DES MOINES, IOWA – Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – The rehabilitation of a busy Des Moines corridor is underway thanks to the one-penny sales tax approved by Des Moines voters last year. The reconstruction of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway from Hickman Road to Euclid Avenue will provide a brand new surface course for drivers while fixing the base course in locations where potholes and cracks typically occur.

The project is part of the City’s effort to rehabilitate 28 lane miles of Des Moines streets, including 17 miles of neighborhood streets and 11 lane miles of major roadways, all funded by the Local Option Sales and Service Tax.

Crews began work on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway last week and anticipate the rehabilitation will be complete by late summer. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction while construction is underway.

Des Moines voters in March 2019 overwhelmingly supported the one-cent Local Option Sales Tax to generate funds for street repairs, property tax relief, enhanced public safety and stormwater improvements. Visit the Projects and Capital Improvement Program map to learn more about this project and work taking place across the City at

While crews are taking necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy as they continue work on City projects, many City of Des Moines services have been impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For the latest updates regarding the City and COVID-19, visit

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office 
(515) 283-4057

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