Public Works Office

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Public Works Department

The Public Works Department is divided into Three Divisions: Air Quality, Engineering & Roads, and Planning & Development. It is one of the largest departments within Polk County and offers community services including construction, maintenance and inventory of Polk County Secondary Roads and bridge system, including survey, design and inspection, maintenance and snow removal, vegetation control, land use planning and zoning regulations, building permits, construction inspection, sanitary & sewer infrastructure, air quality control, management of drainage districts and code enforcement.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Polk County Public Works Department is to develop, manage, and maintain the highest quality road system, provide excellent snow removal and weed eradication services, promote orderly growth, protect our health and environment and ensure structures and uses are safe and sound. All these services help to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Polk County.

News & Press Releases

Flooding Causing Roads To Be Closed

FLOODING HAS CAUSED THE FOLLOWING ROAD CLOSURES:    NE 126 Ave between NE 56 St and NE 64 St due to culvert damage NE 118 Ave between NE Bluff Dr and NE 104 St due to flooding NE 120 St between NE 158 Ave and NE 142 Ave due to flooding SE 80 Ave between SE Vandalia Dr to Runnells SE 108 St …

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Bridge Repair Nw Madrid Drive

Bridge Repair on NW Madrid Drive between Big Creek Drive and NW 125 Ave will begin on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  NW Madrid Drive will remain open, but traffic will be reduced to one lane.  The project is scheduled to last eight weeks.   Click for more information and map

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Weed Mowing Season Start

The 2014 Weed Mowing Season will begin May 5, 2014.  Beginning on that date, you may send an email of your complaint to weedcommission@polkcountyiowa.gov  Or you may call 286-3005.

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Ne 29 St S Of Ne 78 Ave Road Closure - City Of Ankeny

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Nw 11 Street

NW 11 St  from Aurora Avenue north approximately 600 feet will be closed to through traffic for a sewer main replacement project on Monday, July 14, 2014.  It is anticipated this project will last 2 - 3 weeks. Click for more information and map

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The Air Quality Division's objective is to achieve and maintain levels of air quality as will protect human health and safety. These objectives are accomplished through the following activities:
  • Review and Update Local Regulations
  • Process Title V, Operating and Construction Permit Applications
  • Provide Reporting and Compliance Assistance
  • Operate Air Sampling Equipment and Collect Air Monitoring Data
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The Engineering Division responds to requests or concerns regarding:
  • Roadway repairs or other drainage complaints
  • Entrance permit applications
  • Permitting of utility or other work in the right-of-way
  • Snow removal on Polk County roads
  • Issues oversize/overweight vehicle permits
Polk County Planning & Development is responsible for the following:
  • Polk County Comprehensive Plan
  • Administering Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
  • Construction Codes, Permitting & Inspections
  • Housing Rehabilitation and Weatherization Programs
  • Sanitary, Sewer and Environmental Health Rules and Regulations
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Contact Us

Director: Robert Rice

5885 NE 14 Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone: 515.286.3705
FAX 515.286.3437
Email Public Works