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 (click to see more)

Aurora Ave Project

PROJECT UPDATE 7-29-2015. Aurora Avenue Asphalt Resurfacing Project to begin Monday, July 6, 2015   Project Update 7-29-2015 Project  information Project Detour Map

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Flooding Road Closures

SE Vandalia Dr b/w SE 56 Ave and W Hancock St SE Stewart Dr b/w SE 56 Ave and SE 116 St

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Nw 72 Place Road Closure

NW 72 Place between NW 2 St (Hwy 415) & NW 4 St closing Monday, April 13, 2015 as part of a bridge replacement project Click for map and more information

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Kempton Bridge Nw 66 Ave Reconstruction

Information on the Kempton/NW66 Ave Construction Project **NW 66 AVE WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION** For more information click on any of the documents below.      Project Information - Overview Project Information - Phase 1 Aerial View of Construction Project Project Information - Neal Sm…

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Weed Mowing Season Start

The 2015 Weed Mowing Season will begin April 27, 2015.  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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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