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Veterans Parkway construction will temporarily impact the Great Western Trail

Post Date:06/25/2019 1:55 PM
Construction on Veterans Parkway will result in temporary changes to small sections of the Great Western Trail in West Des Moines. City Engineer Brian Hemesath said the City is working to keep the impact to the trail at a minimum.

“We’ve been working with Polk and Warren County Conservation officials to come up with solutions that maintain the integrity of the trail and provide safer crossings at intersections,” he said. “This is a popular trail, and we want to make sure motorists and trail users are aware of how this project will affect the area.”

The construction of the intersection of SE 35th Street and Veterans Parkway will occur in four phases. During the first and second phase, the existing trail will be open, and construction of the intersection will be completed where the trail will be permanently located at the new intersection of Veterans Parkway and SE 35th Street. This activity is scheduled to begin this week, weather permitting.

The third phase will consist of a short gravel bypass (or bumpout) on both the east and west side of SE 35th Street that will direct riders to the existing trail. Gravel bypasses will only be there for a short time while the permanent connections to the trail are constructed. Once this work has been completed, trail traffic will no longer be impacted in that area. Trail users will use the new paved portion at the new intersection of SE 35th Street and Veterans Parkway.

During the fourth phase, crews will work on grading 35th Street and removing the temporary bumpouts. Safety fence will be installed on the south side of the trail to make sure bicyclists are separated from the construction zone. Trucks will be used to haul material onto Veterans Parkway, so vehicles and bicyclists are urged to slow down and use caution in that area.

All four phases of construction at 35th Street and Veterans Parkway are scheduled for completion, weather permitting, by the end of July 2019.