Iowa DOT News Release

Proposed improvements on U.S. 69 in Polk County

Posted on: October 01, 2021

AMES, Iowa – October 1, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to discuss the proposed road, bicycle, and pedestrian alternatives on U.S. 69 from the Warren County Line in Des Moines to I-80 in Polk County. The U.S. 69 Location Study is evaluating existing and future multimodal operations as well as safety and reliability. Focused, concept-level projects to specific areas along the corridor will be identified. These projects will balance needs and improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.

The Iowa DOT is providing two meeting formats for the public meeting: in person and an at your own pace virtual meeting. Depending on COVID conditions, in your community, the meeting may need to be moved completely online. If that happens, updates will be found online at:

In-person public meeting:

Date/Time: October 12, 2021 between 5 and 6:30 pm

Location: Municipal Service Center, Board Room (2nd Floor), 1551 East Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, in Des Moines

Format: The in-person public meeting will be conducted utilizing an open house format. Iowa DOT staff and consultants will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be made. The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify the Iowa DOT contact listed below by October 8.

At your own pace meeting:

Date/Time: Anytime between October 12 – October 25, 2021

How to Attend: Navigate to and click on “US 69 Meeting #3 Own Pace”

Description: Experience a self-guided tour of proposed alternatives and submit comments and questions at any time during the comment period. If you do not have access to the internet, or need assistance viewing the materials, please contact the DOT representative listed below.

Comments must be received by October 25, 2021 to be considered.

For general information regarding the public meeting, contact Allison Smyth, P.E., assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 1 Office, 1020 S. Fourth St., Ames, Iowa 50010, phone 515-239-1635 or 800-899-0623, email

Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, or view and offer input on any DOT project using the “Map Search” feature. We are  piloting  REACHa mobile web app that gives you a new way to stay involved and interact with Iowa DOT projects. Create your REACH account at this link: Then, use the REACH app to easily submit comments,  register for public meetings or view the At Your Own Pace” online meetings without  logging into the system again. Because it’s optimized for use on a mobile device, commenting and keeping up to date on Iowa DOT projects will be more convenient than ever. If you would like to receive future email notifications, or submit a comment or question regarding this project, go to:


Iowa DOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Tonnette R. Harris, J.D., Civil Rights Bureau Director at 515-509-8814.

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