$85 Million Construction Season Begins in Des Moines

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Thursday, March 31, 2022 — 

The return of warm weather means the return of the construction season in Des Moines. In the first nine months of this fiscal year, the City of Des Moines has awarded 46 construction contracts for public improvements, totaling around $85 million. Included in these contracts are bridge improvements, street improvements, and stormwater management upgrades.

"We know this construction affects all users of these corridors," City Engineer Steve Naber said. "When we went through our budget process in recent years, our residents expressed a huge desire to improve our streets for all users, so we are very proud of this ambitious plan to make those improvements a reality."

Starting this week, residents of Des Moines will see major projects kick off throughout the City. A few of those projects include:

  • The 2nd Avenue Bridge Project: This project includes a full replacement of the bridge above Birdland Drive and important repairs to the 2nd Avenue bridge over the Des Moines River. Traffic will remain open during the repairs but limited to one lane in each direction.
  • The SW 9th Street Bridge Project: This project includes a full replacement of the bridge connecting the southern edge of Des Moines to Norwalk. This bridge carries 4,000 vehicles per day and is vital to the North Warren Fire Department. The bridge will be constructed in phases to always allow one lane of traffic.
  • The Fleur Drive Phase 2 Project: Contractors have completed 80% of the southbound lane reconstruction. This year, the outside lane will be closed for the installation of sidewalk along the corridor. The final phase will start in 2023 and be completed in 2024.
  • Ingersoll Avenue Streetscape Project: This project includes complete pavement reconstruction, permeable pavers to assist stormwater management, new sidewalks, an elevated bike lane, and sewer separation work.

For a full list of projects, you can visit our projects map or visit our Projects and Studies webpage.

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

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