How to Use Interactive Maps

To view a map, simply click on the desired map image.  This opens a web application that allows you to view multiple layers, change basemaps, measure distances and areas, share maps via email or social media, and also print PDFs of maps.

  • Interacting with layers: Click on features to see a pop-up with more information.
  • Changing layers:Click the Layers dropdown menu and choose which layers you want on or off.
  • Changing basemaps: Click the Basemapdropdown menu and select the desired basemap.
  • Measuring distance and area: Click Measure and select a measurement tool.
  • Sharing: Click the Share dropdown menu and choose how  you want to share the map.
  • Printing: Click the Print dropdown menu and select a page format.

MPO Member Map

Map displaying the members of the MPO and their membership status.

Find out more about the MPO and its members here.

Central Iowa Trails

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Navigate 600 miles of trails with ease, with this new interactive and customizable map! Layers include regional trails, local trails, on-street bikeways, nature/dirt trails, B-Cycle locations, restaurants/attractions near trails, and parks/open space.

Central Iowa Trail Condition Interactive Report

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Review Central Iowa trail pavement roughness collected by the Data Bike.

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Bridge Conditions

Map displaying bridge conditions in the MPO planning area using National Bridge Inventory (NBI) data from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Measures on a Map

This map provides a glimpse at how well the transportation system in the region is performing. Projects that will be included in the MPO’s next long-range transportation plan, Mobilizing Tomorrow, will address the various performance measures displayed in this map.

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Modal Map

Map displaying the Interstate and Highway system, the Federal Functional Classification System (FFCS), transit routes, and the location of airports in central Iowa.

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Pavement Condition Index (PCI) Ratings Map

Map of 2019 pavement conditions in the MPO Planning Area.  Pavement condition data was obtained from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University (InTrans).


Priority Transportation Projects

Map of 2015 Priority Transportation Projects.  These projects are included in the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Policy Book for its trip to Washington, D.C., where local business and community leaders present on them to Iowa’s congressional delegation.

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Rail Map

Inventory of rail data from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).  Map includes rail lines, processing facilities, and bio-diesel, ethanol, and grain facilities.


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Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Projects

Map of projects in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the years 2014 through 2017.

Source: Iowa DOT: Transportation Program Management System (TPMS)

Greater Des Moines Transportation Projects (TCIP) FY2021 – FY2024 Map

Map of all federally and locally funded transportation projects (TCIP) from FY2021 – FY2024 in the Des Moines Area MPO planning area.

Sources: Iowa DOT: Transportation Program Management System (TPMS) and MPO member governments’ capital improvement programs

STBG and STBG Set-Aside Projects and Applications for Federal Fiscal Year 2027

Map of projects applying for and receiving funds from the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG) and Surface Transportation Block Grant Set-Aside Program (STBG Set Aside, formerly TAP).

Source: Des Moines Area MPO

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Historical Aerial Imagery Map

Historical aerial imagery for the State of Iowa provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).  Years included: 1930s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1990s, and 2011.


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Environmental Justice (EJ) Areas

This map displays areas where there are concentrated groups of traditionally under-served populations, including low-income residents and minority populations, among others.  Seven layers representing different population groups were used to locate EJ areas.  These seven layers are also included in the map.

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Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (Justice40 Initiative)

In Executive Order 14008 on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, President Biden directed the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to create a Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. The purpose of the tool is to help Federal agencies identify disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. The current version of the tool provides socioeconomic, environmental, and climate information to inform decisions that may affect these communities. The tool identifies disadvantaged communities through publicly-available, nationally-consistent datasets.

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Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts (Historically Disadvantaged Communities)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) identified disadvantaged census tracts throughout the U.S. as part of the Justice40 grant program implementation. Communities applying to the Justice40 grant program can use the tool to determine eligibility for funding.

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Natural Areas

This map displays the locations of environmentally sensitive areas in central Iowa. This tool can help inform quality growth and conservation decisions by local governments in the region.

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Watershed Map

Map of HUC 8 Watersheds in the MPO planning area.  Data obtained from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources DNR).

Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD)

Des Moines Metro Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The US Department of Energy maintains the Alternative Fueling Station Locator. The default search setting applied is all public and private electric charging stations that are 20 miles from the Des Moines Area MPO office. Compare the costs of driving with electricity using the Department of Energy’s eGallon.

Greater Des Moines Valuation Per Acre

This interactive story map uses three-dimensional illustrations to show property value per acre — highlighting the development patterns with the highest return on public investment.

Source: Urban3


Population Growth: 2010-2050

Map illustrating map of expected population increase in Greater Des Moines. Data obtained from Regional Economic Model Inc. (REMI).

Employment Growth: 2010-2050

Map illustrating map of expected population increase in Greater Des Moines. Data obtained from Regional Economic Model Inc. (REMI).

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Iowa Department of Transportation Traffic Data

Map showing the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) of primary, secondary, and municipal vehicular AADT for centerline roads in the State of Iowa.


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Iowa Department of Transportation Potential for Crash Reduction (PCR) of Intersections

Map from the Iowa Department of Transportation showing intersections with the potential for safety improvements across Iowa.

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Iowa Department of Transportation Infrastructure Condition Evaluation (ICE) Map

Map of the Infrastructure Condition Evaluation (ICE) Highway Planning Report from Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) Systems Planning Bureau.

Iowa Department of Transportation Major Construction Projects

The Iowa DOT maintains a webpage that shares general information on projects that have the potential to cause major impacts to the traveling public.

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Iowa Department of Transportation Five Year Program

Map of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Five Year Program projects for the State of Iowa.


Iowa Department of Transportation Public Portal

The Iowa Department of Transportation maintains this online map of its public engagement as well as public comments for its projects.