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Online comments for downtown riverfront improvement project accepted through June 3


An online public input period for the Des Moines River Activation and Possible Dam Modification Project began today, and will continue through June 3. In a news release issued today, the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, are seeking public comment on the project, located in downtown Des Moines. The project would provide a regional water trail and create safer public access to the riverfront. It would connect more than 150 miles of water trails and 86 access points throughout central Iowa. The proposed project would potentially modify one low-head dam at Scott Avenue and enhance three additional access points — at Prospect Park, Birdland Marina and Harriet Street — along a five-mile stretch of the Des Moines River. It would also include modifications of the Center Street Dam, and add in-river recreation features downstream of the Fleur Drive Dam. Final design of the project is expected in summer 2021, with construction beginning later that year or in early 2022. The public can participate and submit their comments at www.DMRAProject.com. For people without internet access, information can be obtained by contacting Zach Young, Planning Manager Des Moines Area MPO, 420 Watson Powell, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50309, by calling 515-334-0075. He can also be emailed at zyoung@dmampo.org

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