• Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Pet Licenses On Sale

    2016 pet licenses and dog park permits are now available.

    All dogs & cats 6-months & older require a license.

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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City Street Improvement and Maintenance Programs


To view a complete list of planned street improvements and maintenance programs scheduled for the period of April 2015 through June 2016 open the 2015 – 2016 Planned Street Improvement & Maintenance Programs schedule.


Major Construction Project by Ward


To find out which Ward you reside in, please check-out our address lookup feature. You can determine the Ward you reside in and find other valuable information about your address. You may also view our Wards map.

Major Construction Projects for Ward 1 (NW Des Moines)
Major Construction Projects for Ward 2 (NE Des Moines)
Major Construction Projects for Ward 3 (SW Des Moines)
Major Construction Projects for Ward 4 (SE Des Moines)


Grand Avenue Bridge over Des Moines River


An informational Meeting to discuss the proposed bridge aesthetic options for Grand Avenue over Des Moines River Bridge Replacement is being held on Monday, April 14, 2014 between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM in the City Council Chambers.

This meeting will be an opportunity to review the proposed bridge aesthetic options.  A brief presentation will be made followed by a period for questions and comments.

General Information regarding this project and this meeting are available from Jon G. Fussell, P.E. Project Engineer, City of Des Moines, 400 Robert D Ray Dr., Des Moines, IA  50309, phone (515) 283-4027, email: jgfussell@dmgov.org .

An online version of the bridge aesthetics presentation and a link to a short survey is available below.  We appreciate your comments.


* Presentation:  http://www.dmgov.org/departments/Engineering/PDF/Grand%20Avenue%20over%20DSM%20River%20Aesthetics%20Presentation.pdf



Grand Avenue over Walnut Creek Bridge Replacement


The Grand Avenue Bridge over Walnut Creek (east of 63rd Street) is open to vehicular traffic.  The project replaced the original bridge which was built in 1914, with a new 165ft. x 86ft. continuous concrete slab bridge.  Construction work has resumed on the project.  The major items of work to remain are trail grading and construction, retaining wall construction, approach sidewalk construction, railing and fence installation, and final site restoration and seeding.  There will be periodic lane closures to complete the remaining work, so motorists should use caution when driving in this area, obey all construction zone signing, and expect possible delays.

Currently, the Walnut Creek Recreational Trail beneath the bridge is closed and there is no on-site detour available.  The signed trail detour route has been posted using Waterbury Circle, 56th Street, and North Valley Drive.  It is anticipated that the trail will be closed for approximately 2 months.
Project Updates: 


Update #1 June 13, 2012 

Update #2 December 18, 2012 

Update #3 February 2013

Update #4 April 15, 2013

Update #5 May 9, 2013

Update #6 June 13, 2013

Update #7 July 18, 2013

Update #8 August 2, 2013

Update #9 August 9, 2013

Update #10 August 19, 2013

Update #11 August 30, 2013

Update #12 September 13, 2013

Update #13 September 25, 2013

Update #14 October 11, 2013

Update #15 October 25, 2013

Update #16 November 13, 2013

Press Release #1 December 12, 2013

Update #17 December 27, 2013

Update #18 March 28, 2014

Update #20 May 19, 2014

Update #21 June 18, 2014




Southeast Connector


The Southeast Connector is a multi-lane roadway connecting Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway at Southwest Second Street to US 65 bypass.


 Southeast Connector Website - Project Updates

Principal Riverwalk


The Principal Riverwalk features lighted, landscaped public spaces, world-class public art, and unique pedestrian bridges and pathways that connect 300 miles of Central Iowa trails. The project was a gift to the City of Des Moines in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Principal Financial Group.

Since ground was broken in 2004, we’ve been working to strengthen the heart of our city, unite the east and west sides of downtown, and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation.