Streetscape Updates

March 27, 2019 | Streetcape Construction Update #4

Crews are continuing to remove pavement from Franklin to Arlington. Additional crews have started relocating watermain and storm sewer replacement began near College. Temporary rock has been installed at driveways to maintain local access.

The Franklin Avenue Sewer Separation Project has begun which will cause limited access to 6th Avenue from that intersection. For the time being, residents (including students walking to school) living to the east of 6th Avenue should cross 6th Avenue at Hickman or Clark. Once the crews are finished with watermain/storm sewer work at College Avenue, a temporary surface will be installed for pedestrians to cross that intersection.

Below is a weekly public update summary.

March 20, 2019 | Streetcape Construction Update #3

The 6th Avenue Corridor is nice and noisy this week with the sweet sounds of progress! Crews have cut all the pavement on the east side of 6th Avenue to make room for expanded sidewalks, dedicated parking, and plantings. Removal of pavement has begun around 6th and College and will move north throughout the rest of this week and next. Once the pavement is removed, the installation of the watermain and storm sewer will begin.

At this point, vehicular travel lanes are reduced to two in the project area from College to Hickman. These travel lanes are currently on the west side of 6th Avenue while crews work on the east side. College Avenue to the east side of 6th Avenue is inaccessible. Several sections of sidewalk are already closed so please be mindful as you move throughout the Corridor.

Below is a weekly public update summary.

March 14, 2019 | Streetcape Construction Update #2

Activity on the 6th Avenue Corridor has really ramped up this week with the removal of a few trees and bushes (have no fear - over 60 new street trees will be planted in the Phase I area!), the placement of protective fencing, and the delivery of traffic barricades.

Travel lanes will be reduced from five to two once Century Link has finished some maintenance work just south of College Avenue. Lane reduction will occur on March 25th or sooner, depending on Century Link's progress.

Below is a weekly public update summary as well as a graphic from DART showing bus stop changes during project construction.

March 7, 2019 | Streetscape Construction Progress - Update #1

Even though it was only in the single digits, the first construction team meeting was held this week! Each Tuesday throughout project implementation the construction team will meet to discuss progress and upcoming construction activities.

Expect to see some action starting next week with limited small tree/bush removal on the east side of 6th Avenue within the Phase I project area (Hickman south to College). MidAmerican has finished removing the old light poles. As the snow melts, additional work will be possible - so cross those fingers for no more snow and warming temperatures!

If you have questions throughout construction, contact project representatives from Bolton & Menk (the construction admistrators) or City of Des Moines listed below. Or, feel free to pass them along to us and we'll be sure to ask them during the weekly meetings (or before, if needed).

City of Des Moines
Zach Erickson - Civil Engineer II
515-283-4023 |

Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Jacob Ahrens, Resident Project Representative
(o) 515-233-6100 ext. 2985 (m) 515-297-0955

February 29, 2019 | Groundbreaking Celebration Recap

What an incredible day! We had a fantastic turnout for the 6th Avenue Corridor Streetscape Groundbreaking Celebration. It was so rewarding to mark this important milestone with numerous partners and stakeholders who have helped make this transformative project a reality.

Our sincere thanks to the City of Des Moines for their ongoing dedication to this project; City Councilor Bill Gray, Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy and Mercy's Sandy Swanson for their inspiring remarks; project match investors for all attending and helping us celebrate - MercyOne Des Moines Medical CenterPolk County IowaWells FargoPrairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & HotelCommunity Foundation of Greater Des MoinesBankers Trust CompanyWellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Iowa Great Places program; event sponsors Sweet Tooth Farm and Denali Global for helping fund this event; food providers Tacos La Familia, the In & Out Market, Nadine & Dad's BBQ, and volunteer bakers Susan Narigon and Vickie Leach for the tasty eats; the Apartments of River Trace for hosting; Doug Jotzkefor taking photos; and Bolton & Menk, Inc. and Hawkeye Paving Corp for helping facilitate fun photo props and excavator logistics.

Thanks to all the north side residents and Corridor businesses and partner organizations for being in the crowd - it was so great having you there. For those of you unable to attend...have no fear, we will have many more opportunities to celebrate as this project, and others, move forward on the 6th Avenue Corridor!

Download the Streetscape Project Information Flyer: Groundbreaking Information Flyer

February 19, 2019 | 6th Avenue Corridor Streetscape Project Breaks Ground February 28th

The City of Des Moines and the 6th Avenue Corridor Urban Neighborhood Main Street Program are breaking ground on Phase I of the 6th Avenue Corridor Streetscape Project on Thursday, February 28th at 11:30am. This public groundbreaking event will begin at 1714 6th Avenue. A reception with refreshments will follow in the community room at the Apartments of River Trace, 1717 6th Avenue. Phase I will focus on 6th Avenue between Hickman Avenue south through College Avenue. Phases II and III will complete the project south to Interstate 235. The 1.2 mile total project will invest an estimated $7-8 Million into this historic northside corridor. Once complete, this will be the longest and most environmentally sustainable streetscape project in central Iowa.

“We’re thrilled to be breaking ground on the future on the 6th Avenue Corridor Main Street District. This transformative project will positively impact the entire northside for decades to come by focusing on physical enhancements to support and grow our diverse small businesses; creating an environment that enhances community health and walkability; and fostering community pride. We’re experiencing a renaissance on 6th Avenue and it’s due to years of dedication and participation by our business owners, area residents, board members, countless volunteers, the City of Des Moines, and partner organizations. We can’t wait to celebrate our shared accomplishments and look to the future together during this groundbreaking event,” says Breann Bye, Executive Director of the 6th Avenue Corridor Urban Neighborhood Main Street Program.

Specific streetscape enhancements include a lane reduction to calm traffic, widened sidewalks, a multi-modal path to accommodate bicyclists, and bioretention cells to filter stormwater. Street trees, dedicated parking, bus shelters, benches, public art, and new lighting will be added. These core elements were identified during multiple rounds of community and stakeholder input.

During the groundbreaking event, project partners will share information about the project and construction timeline; introduce primary contacts for the construction team; and recognize the many partners and funders that have contributed to the project including Mercy Medical Center, Polk County, Bankers Trust, Prairie Meadows, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Wellmark Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Iowa Great Places program.