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If Des Moines-area traffic jams bring you back, circa 2019 — you're not wrong.
Driving the news: Traffic in the Des Moines metro has returned to within nearly 5% of pre-pandemic levels, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Flashback: Traffic levels plummeted to 28% below normal in the metro last spring, when the pandemic and restrictions forced people to stay home.
What's ahead: Employees are returning to downtown workplaces this summer through fall, said Tiffany Tauscheck, chief operations officer for the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
Of note: The state DOT is planning on installing stop-and-go lights along I-235 on-ramps to control traffic flow, starting 2023.
DSM is evaluating extra safety and decorum protocols after dozens of protestors disrupted Monday's City Council meeting, city officials told Axios.
Driving the news: Demonstrators showed up to the council's first in-person meeting of the year with defund police signs, demanding that the city deny a nearly $11K police officer training proposed for later this summer.
Why it matters: While the protests were peaceful, some are concerned they put public safety at risk, including to demonstrators themselves.