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Old 06-30-2017, 09:31 PM
 
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Traffic in Des Moines in the morning is alwease backed up at I-235 E around valley west & 22nd
I-80/I-35 are alwease backed up by 2nd ave.
IA 141 is bad by 19th & I-80/ I-35
I-35 S can get bad by Ankeny

Traffic In the evening is alwease backed up I-235 W from 42nd to 63rd
I-80/I-35 E is bad by Meral hay & 86th, Somethimes Hickman
I-80/I-35 W is bad from Ia 141 to Univercity
Hickman Rd is bad from Clive & Waukee
Ia 141 is bad in the same spots as it is in the morning.
I-80 E can get bad from I-235 to Us 65.
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Old 06-30-2017, 09:35 PM
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Location: Des Moines Metro
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And your point is . . . ?

OP, I used to have to sit in traffic for around 45 minutes to get to or from work. Now that I'm in Des Moines, it's about 12 minutes.

It's all about living close to work.

And Des Moines traffic is NOTHING, unless you're from some tiny town where a tractor and two cars at a stop light is a traffic jam.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines does not have a traffic congestion problem and the little we do have, is self created by poor transportation planning/development pattern (just like any city post WWII).

The great thing is, if the little bit of traffic we do have is a problem for you, it is easily avoidable by choosing the right place to live. hint: don't live somewhere that requires you to take an interstate route to and from work each day. The problem is, too many people don't consider this when finding a home.
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Bingo. This is not unique to Des Moines, this is pretty much any city. Unless housing is considerably cheaper 15+ miles away from work, there's usually no reason to make the commute time longer than it needs to be. Usually, the less time spent on the road and less money spent on fuel and vehicle maintenance outweighs the benefits of living in a community that has a certain school system, lower property taxes, etc.

That said, I live about 15 miles away from work (commute time is about 30 minutes in the mornings and 45 in the afternoons) but I'm not complaining because I used to live a full hour away a couple of years ago. My wife's commute time is even less.
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Old 07-29-2017, 08:20 AM
 
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How long is an average commute into Des moines from the burbs? Is it really bad?
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Old 07-29-2017, 10:12 AM
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Location: Des Moines Metro
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How long is an average commute into Des moines from the burbs? Is it really bad?
No, it's not bad. As to "average," it's really hard to say. Are you talking downtown? South side? Someone in Pleasant Hill can be in downtown Des Moines in about 17 minutes if there are no accidents. A little longer if they have to take an alternative route. I can get from Clive into downtown D-M in about 26 minutes, again depending on weather and accidents.
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