New 5th Avenue intersection to improve safety and access to Mercy campus
November 8, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa—On Thursday, Nov. 10, a new 5th Avenue intersection linking Mercy Medical Center’s Central Campus with downtown Des Moines and with the I-235 frontage roads will be opened to traffic.
A brief ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on 5th Avenue in front of the Iowa Ortho Building, just north of I-235 and south of Laurel Street. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the lobby of the Iowa Ortho Building. Invitees include Congressman Leonard Boswell and representatives of the Federal Highway Commission, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of Des Moines, all of whom were involved in supporting, reviewing and/or approving the project.
Completion of the 5th Avenue intersection will improve patient access to Mercy services including inpatient and outpatient hospital services, the Mercy Cancer Center, and the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program Clinic, as well as to physicians located in the 411 Laurel Mercy Medical Plaza, the 330 Laurel medical office building, and the Iowa Ortho building. The completed intersection also will improve access to downtown retail businesses, services and housing for the tens of thousands of patients, family members, hospital staff and others who work on or utilize the services on Mercy’s Central Campus.
The new intersection will improve safety and relieve congestion during peak traffic. Southbound traffic from Mercy on 5th Avenue will be able to access west and eastbound I-235 more directly. This will reduce traffic on Laurel Street, which is presently the only outlet on the south side of campus. In turn, congestion at signal lights on 6th Avenue will be reduced. Pedestrians cannot use 5th Avenue to cross I-235, as that bridge has no sidewalks.
Members of the media should contact Gregg Lagan at 490-6636 for parking and additional information.
Contact Gregg Lagan
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines