$85 million construction season begins in Des Moines

press release

DesMoines, Iowa — Thursday, March 31, 2022 —

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

“We know this construction affects all users of these corridors,” said Urban Engineer Steve Naber. “As we have gone through our budgeting process over the last few years, our residents have expressed a great desire to improve our roads for all users, so we are very proud of this ambitious plan to make those improvements a reality.”

Beginning this week, Des Moines residents will see major projects ramp up across the city. Some of these projects include:

  • The 2nd Avenue Bridge Project: This project includes a complete replacement of the bridge over Birdland Drive and major repairs to the 2nd Avenue Bridge over the Des Moines River. Traffic will remain open during repairs but limited to one lane per direction.
  • The SW 9th Street Bridge Project: This project involves a complete replacement of the bridge connecting the south edge of Des Moines to Norwalk. This bridge carries 4,000 vehicles a day and is vital to the North Warren Fire Service. The bridge will be built in phases to allow for one lane at a time.
  • The Fleur Drive Phase 2 project: Contractors have completed 80% of the reconstruction of the southbound lane. This year, the outside lane will be closed for the sidewalk installation along the corridor. The last phase will start in 2023 and will be completed in 2024.
  • Streetscape project Ingersoll Avenue: This project includes full walkway restoration, permeable pavers to aid in stormwater management, new sidewalks, a raised cycle path and sewer separation works.

A full list of projects can be found on our projects card or visit our Projects and Studies page.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Administrator’s Office
(515) 283-4057
[email protected]

About the city of Des Moines
The City of Des Moines: Iowa’s capital and local government with more than 217,000 residents, more than 51 boroughs, over 4,000 acres of parkland and 81 miles of hiking trails. The City of Des Moines is a financially strong city with exceptional civic services that fosters an engaged community in a customer-friendly atmosphere. visit DSM.City, Facebook and Twitter for more informations.

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