Veterans Parkway and Great Western Trail Alternatives
An extension of Veterans Parkway is planned to be constructed from where the road currently ends just south of Iowa Highway 5. The road will extend west to Interstate 35 and beyond to future Grand Prairie Parkway. Veterans Parkway will serve the Microsoft Osmium data center site along with future development areas in Warren and Madison Counties.
Concerns about the planned alignment of Veterans Parkway were recently raised by the public, because of the roadway’s impact on the Great Western Trail in Warren County. This regional trail and the land making up the trail corridor is owned by Warren County and managed by the Warren County Conservation Board (WCCB). In response to public concern, the City and representatives of the WCCB developed alternative alignments of Veterans Parkway with the goal of lessening the impact of the road on the Great Western Trail.
On December 14, 2016, these alternatives were presented to the WCCB. An opportunity was provided for those in attendance to ask questions and provide comments. On January 4, 2017 the City of West Des Moines conducted a meeting with property owners and bicyclists to discuss and receive feedback on the alternatives. At the January 11, 2017 WCCB meeting, the Board selected Alternative A as their preferred alternative but stated that they would continue to work with the City of West Des Moines on additional alternatives.
The City of West Des Moines then produced two additional alternatives that did not affect the Great Western Trail. These alternatives can be downloaded below along with the previous D1 and D2 option. Those alternatives were presented at a property owner meeting on January 26, 2017. Alternative E2 was discussed at length in this meeting and it was decided that the property owners most affected by E2 would meet with the City one-on-one to discuss the ramifications of the alternative on their property. The City is in the process of meeting with these property owners at this time.
Further updates will be made as dates are set for future public meetings on this topic. In the meantime, contact Brian Hemesath (email@example.com) or Duane Wittstock (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns you may have.