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Veterans Parkway Open House on Thursday, March 9

Post Date:02/24/2017 11:20 AM
Anyone interested in learning about a new option for the extension of Veterans Parkway as it relates to the Great Western Trail in Warren County is invited to attend an open house on Thursday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall in West Des Moines.

Tables will be set up in the Council Chambers with large copies of a map that will show Option E2, which is currently being discussed with property owners in the area. City staff and project consultants will be available at each table to answer questions and talk about Option E2.

No formal presentation will be given, so people interested in learning more about this project are encouraged to attend anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. to ask questions and talk with City representatives.

Background
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 potential 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.

The latest option under consideration is Option E2, which will be discussed at the Veterans Parkway Open House on Thursday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the WDM Council Chambers.
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