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WORK BEGINS: Southeast Connector Project

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A ceremony was held Wednesday morning to mark the start of work on a two-mile extension of the Southeast Connector in Des Moines.

It’s along Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway from Southeast 15th to Southeast 30th.

It was a symbolic groundbreaking. Mayor Frank Cownie waved a flag to signal the start of demolition of structures on Scott Avenue.

Planners say this stretch of road will now be two lanes instead of four as originally planned. They only got a third of the $30 million federal funds they requested for the project.

Mayor Cownie said the road will still be a vital addition to Des Moines.