First phase of Fleur Drive reconstruction to start April 1
DES MOINES, IOWA – Friday, March 29, 2019 – The first phase of the Fleur Drive Reconstruction project is expected to begin on Monday, April 1, weather permitting. Phase 1 includes full reconstruction of the northbound lanes of Fleur Drive from Watrous Avenue to Bell Avenue.
The purpose of the Fleur Drive project is to replace severely deteriorated pavement along one of Des Moines’ busiest north-south arterial routes. Fleur Drive accommodates almost 30,000 vehicles per day near the Park Avenue intersection. The roadway serves a large portion of travel to and from the Des Moines International Airport.
Initial median work during Phase 1 will require closing the inside through lanes along northbound and southbound Fleur Drive to allow enough room to work. Left turn lanes along Fleur Drive will also be temporarily closed during the initial median work.
During subsequent stages of Phase 1, northbound traffic will travel along the inside southbound lane to allow for pavement removal and replacement in the northbound lanes.
Phase 1 also includes storm sewer repairs, a new water main, and sidewalk construction to Gray’s Lake Park. A new irrigation system will be installed in the landscaped center islands between Watrous Avenue and George Flagg Parkway to reduce Des Moines Water Works trucks from blocking traffic along Fleur Drive during the spring and summer months.
Future phases of the project are planned over the next 3-4 years to replace additional sections of
- Phase 2 — Reconstruction of southbound lanes between Watrous Avenue and Bell Avenue, expected to begin in fall 2020.
- Phase 3 — Reconstruction of both northbound and southbound lanes between McKinley Avenue and Watrous Avenue, expected to begin in spring 2022.
City Engineer, Engineering Department
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