Public asked for feedback on illustrative projects for region’s long-range transportation plan

Residents of Greater Des Moines are invited to give their feedback on a draft appendix of 11 illustrative projects being added to the region’s recently adopted long-range transportation plan, Mobilizing Tomorrow.

Click here to view the interactive online map and comment.

Illustrative projects have no funding currently identified for them. However, the illustrative projects are being added to the long-range transportation the plan to show the public what possible improvements could be made to the region’s transportation network in the future.

The 11 illustrative projects range from trail connections to new highways. Click here for the full list. Notable examples include: 

  • A Northeast Beltway from Interstate Highway 80 / U.S. Highway 65 to Interstate Highway 35.
  • A Southwest Bypass from Interstate Highway 80 to Veterans Parkway / Interstate Highway 35.
  • A North-South Metro Connector from Interstate Highway 235 to Highway 415.

The 11 illustrative projects would cost an estimated $1.4 billion dollars. That would be in addition to the approximately $600 million in projects that cities, counties, and transit agencies of the metropolitan planning area are planning to invest over the next 30 years. 

The public can review the projects and leave comments now through August 14, 2020, using an interactive online map on the MPO’s website. Comments can also be shared at an online public meeting 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, via Zoom. Click here to register. Comments can also be shared with MPO staff by calling 515-334-0075 or emailing

The MPO will review all public comments and revise the appendix as needed. The appendix will go before the MPO Policy Committee for final adoption in August.