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The concept for improving transportation in the southeast portion of the Des Moines metropolitan area began in early 1970 and was referenced in the following transportation studies:
The Southeast Diagonal Corridor Study— Project Location and Major Investment Study was a preliminary location study conducted in 1999 by the City of Des Moines.
An Environmental Impact Study (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed alignment were completed between 2005 and 2010.
The SE Connector is the follow-up project to this study. The SE Connector consists of multiple projects, which include final design and construction of:
When completed, the SE Connector project will link Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (MLK) to U.S. Highway 65.