May 12, 2022 - News

Des Moines targets missing sidewalks

A photo of a street with no sidewalk.
Sidewalks will be constructed this year along the 4800 block of Southwest 13th Street, about a block away from Wright Elementary in DSM. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Des Moines will construct 28 blocks of sidewalks this year in residential areas that have not previously had them.

Why it matters: Most of the locations, many of which are near schools, were identified among the most pressing public safety priorities in a 20-year plan to fill in missing walkways across the city.

Catch up fast: Many Des Moines homes were constructed before city ordinances that require sidewalks. There's been a growing call in recent years to build them to promote mobility and healthier communities.

The latest: The City Council approved a $1.9 million contract last month for this year's new sidewalks.

  • They'll vote May 23 on a separate $250,000 plan for dozens of sidewalk replacement projects.

Of note: DSM has another $10 million planned in new school and priority route sidewalks in 2023-2026.

Go deeper: Review the locations of this year's planned new sidewalks.

avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Des Moines.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Des Moines stories

No stories could be found

Des Moinespostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Des Moines.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more