Downtown streets will receive half-a-million dollars in new bike infrastructure next year.

Des Moines obtained $400,000 in Iowa Department of Transportation funding — dispersed through the Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program — that will help fund $530,000 in new bicycle features, ranging from bike lanes and signals to trail connections.

The projects mark the second phase of a downtown bicycle improvement plan approved in 2011.

Projects for cyclists include:

  • Trail connections along Second Avenue from Center Street to Crocker Street and at Fleur Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway intersection.

  • Traffic signal improvements at Second Avenue and Crocker Street and Southwest Fifth Street and MLK Jr. Parkway.

  • Bike lanes or “sharrow” pavement markings installed along High Street, Tenth Street and Southwest Fifth Street.
City officials say the planned improvements will help cyclists access downtown destinations, employment centers, a new downtown transit hub and retail outlets.

The construction work is expected to begin next year, with completion in 2017.

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