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  • Friday, March 20, 2020 11:04 AM
    On Tuesday morning, weather permitting, construction crews will be shifting the north- and southbound traffic to the outside shoulder south of the East First Street interchange with Interstate 35 in Ankeny. 

  • Monday, March 16, 2020 5:12 PM
    Nationally, airlines are changing flight schedules rapidly in response to the COVID-19 virus, but there have not yet been any reductions in flights at Des Moines International Airport, said Kayla Kovarna, communications, marketing and air service development manager. 

    Currently, there are no indications from any of the airlines serving Des Moines that there will be flight reductions, Kovarna said at midday today. “We are anticipating there will be some changes; we just don’t know the extent of what those will be,” she said. 

    Kovarna said it’s difficult to gauge whether many spring break or business travelers have made changes in their travel plans out of Des Moines, as they would be making cancellations directly with the airlines. She said that anecdotally, the volume of morning vehicle traffic for the “business push” of flights has been down about 15% over the past couple of weeks. 

    February’s passenger numbers, which were just released last week, were “quite strong,” Kovarna said, up 8.7% over the previous February. The March passenger figures, which will be out by mid-April, will provide an early snapshot of how much coronavirus affected air travel. 

    For those passengers with flights scheduled 72 hours or more in the future, the best bet for making changes or cancellations is to do so through the airline’s website, rather than attempting to telephone the airline. Kovarna heard that a passenger who did use the phone to cancel spent about six hours waiting on hold. 

    Meanwhile, DSM International is doing everything it can to make passengers feel comfortable by maintaining a heightened disinfection and cleaning schedule, particularly for high-touch areas, Kovarna said. 

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:55 AM
    The city of West Des Moines at 9 a.m. on March 16 will close Mills Civic Parkway from 81st Street to 88th Street, and South 88th Street from Mills Civic Parkway to just north of Cascade Avenue. 

  • BY KATHY A. BOLTEN
    Tuesday, March 3, 2020 9:56 AM
    Motorists who drive on the city of Des Moines’ 2,200-plus miles of streets during the next seven years will likely be frustrated by the myriad “construction ahead” signs that will dot roadsides.

  • Friday, February 28, 2020 10:42 AM
    Greater Des Moines residents are invited to share their opinions on which local transportation projects they would like to see receive funding from the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. 

  • Building a jack-of-all-trades rail transloading facility in Des Moines
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, February 21, 2020 6:00 AM

  • Monday, February 17, 2020 3:02 PM
    Gov. Kim Reynolds has named a 22-year veteran of the Iowa Department of Transportation to serve as the department's new permanent director, her office announced in a news release Monday. 

  • BY KERTY LEVY
    Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:06 AM
    The Des Moines International Airport welcomed more passengers through its terminal in 2019 than ever before, setting a new passenger record for the eighth year in a row, and with even more nonstop flights to popular destinations scheduled in 2020, it will be another record-breaking year for passenger traffic. 

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:57 AM
    An electric scooter rental program that’s popular but also potentially a dangerous nuisance will not only be making an encore in Cedar Rapids but also expanding, city officials said Tuesday. 

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:56 AM
    The Iowa Transportation Commission on Tuesday approved more than $9 million in funding for 107 new public transit vehicles to replace vehicles that have remained in service past their useful life as determined by the Federal Transit Administration.

  • BY KATHY A. BOLTEN
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:14 AM
    A proposal to build a hotel-casino entertainment complex at the Des Moines International Airport is likely dead after its governing body today decided not to direct the airport manager to begin discussions with the developer on a lease agreement.

  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, February 7, 2020 10:22 AM


  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 3:11 PM
    Exec 1 Aviation Inc., which operates at the Ankeny Regional Airport, has been registered by the International Business Aviation Council as an IS-BAO Stage 2 operator. 

  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, January 24, 2020 6:00 AM
    Those boarding bridges that connect aircraft to the concourses at Des Moines International Airport are starting to show signs of their age, so the airport board has plans to replace them.

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