Public asked to help decide which local transportation projects to fund

Residents of Greater Des Moines are invited to share their opinions on which local transportation projects they would like to see receive funding from the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Twenty-six (26) projects are under consideration, ranging from roadways, bridges and transit buses to trails, sidewalks, and signage. Nearly $34 million has been requested from the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (listed here), as well as the Surface Transportation Block Grant Set-Aside Program (listed here), also known as Transportation Alternatives Program). The Des Moines Area MPO has approximately $16 million in available funding. Both grant programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by the MPO.

The public can find an online interactive map with project descriptions, linked below, and leave comments on the site now through Friday, March 8.

Click here to view the interactive map and leave comment.

The MPO also scores the projects on how well they help meet the regional performance measures established in Mobilizing Tomorrow, the region’s long-range transportation plan ( The scores and public comments will be presented to a funding subcommittee of local officials, who will make a funding recommendation. The recommendation will be presented to the MPO Policy Committee in April for review and again in May for final approval. Once awarded, the grants will be allocated in the federal fiscal year 2028. 

For more information on the projects, please call or email MPO staff at 515-334-0075 or