Mobilizing Tomorrow Public Events | June 2014


In late April, MPO staff began soliciting projects to include in the plan. Member governments submitted approximately 600 projects; please use the INTERACTIVE map link below that shows projects from local governments and the Iowa Department of Transportation. If you are not able to attend the events, but would like to provide feedback to the MPO on any of the projects you can leave your input here.


Welcome to the Des Moines MPO proposed project interactive map. The MPO member communities have identified numerous potential candidate projects to enhance Des Moines metro’s transportation system and address community needs. The map linked on this website below displays the proposed projects submitted to the MPO. This map does not represent the approved PLAN – it is a compilation of requested projects. The map also overlays performance measures such as regional trails gaps, areas of poor pavement conditions, areas of congestion, crash hot spots and more.


We invite you to share comments and thoughts on the proposed projects. The map is an online, interactive tool that allows easy access to the projects. Each project is accompanied by a pop-up menu that provides a brief description including purpose, sponsoring community, and approximate cost.  Projects are displayed by decade of expected completion and are coded by color and symbol to represent different transportation facility types (such as bicycle lanes, road widening and other capacity improvements, off-street trails or transit corridors). The legend on the top of the map provides the symbolism of the project type. Here are general guidelines of how to use the map:

1. Click on the link to view the interactive map.

2. Zoom to area of interest using the zoom buttons on top left corner of map.

3. Customize viewed layers, click the “Layers” menu on the top blue toolbar to view and select all layers or desired layers.

4. View the legend in top left blue box to describe color codes.

5.  Click on a colored line or symbol to learn more about the candidate project.  Here is where you can find the unique project ID needed in order to provide a comment.

6. If you have a particular comment, click on “about” in the blue toolbar and click on “complete online form here” to submit comment. You must remember the project ID found in the description of the candidate project.  The numbers in the ID do not indicate any preference or priority—they were assigned simply in the order in which projects were added to the list.

After comments on these projects are collected by MPO staff, we will perform an evaluation process that assigns each project to a certain priority level for implementation.