Jun 9, 2022 - News

ICON reboot gets a federal thumbs up

A photo of the Des Moines River.
The confluence of the Raccoon River and Des Moines River in 2020. Photo: Kelsey Kremer and Brian Powers/The Register via Imagn Content Services

A change in scope for work completed using a $25 million federal grant has been approved for the ICON project, Todd Ashby, the director of the DMPO, told his executive committee in a meeting yesterday.

Why it matters: The grant is pivotal to the future of the project, which will cost at least $125 million and has been delayed by inflation and supply chain issues.

Catch up fast: ICON is a broad plan to improve recreation along more than 150 miles of rivers and creeks in Central Iowa.

  • The first phase initially included modification of a low-head dam at Scott Avenue to make it safer for recreation and constructing river access points at Prospect Park, Birdland Marina and Harriet Street in DSM.

What's happening: The Birdland and Prospect pieces are being delayed.

  • The other pieces will be rebid in coming months.

Of note: Construction on the delayed pieces must be initiated by September 2027 under the revised agreement with officials, Ashby said.

Bottom line: This ICON gets another chance at survival.

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