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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.
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:
Final design of the SE Connector, from SW 2nd to SE 15th Streets will build upon preliminary design that was completed in the 1980s. The new street design is required to comply with identified characteristics as presented in the approved Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this portion of the project, dated December 1997.
When completed, the SE Connector project will link Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (MLK) to U.S. Highway 65.