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Des Moines, Iowa

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18th Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1893; Replaced 1936
Parker through truss over Raccoon River on 18th Street (Now renamed Fleur Drive.)
Replaced by a new bridge

2nd Avenue Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1935
Haunched Deck Plate Girder bridge over Des Moines River on 2nd Avenue
Open

2nd Avenue Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1985
Rigid frame bridge over Birdland Drive on 2nd Avenue in Des Moines
Open to traffic

34th Street Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1982
Concrete rigid frame bridge over St. Johns Road on 34th Street
Open to traffic

6th Avenue Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Steel Stringer bridge over Des Moines River on 6th Avenue
Open to traffic

6th Avenue Bridge (Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1907, Collapsed 1965, Replaced 1966
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Des Moines River on 6th Avenue
Collapsed

6th Avenue Bridge (Older) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1886, Replaced 1906
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on 6th Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

7th Street Viaduct (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1966; Removed 1999
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Cherry Street and multiple railroads on 7th Street
Demolished

7th Street Viaduct (Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1913; Replaced 1966
Steel stringer bridge over Railroad on 7th Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Birdland Park Drive Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1930
Stone faced concrete arch bridge over Birdland Lagoon on Birdland Park Drive
Open to traffic

Capitol Hill Tunnel (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1918. Removed 1992
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Court Avenue
Removed

CB&Q - Des Moines River Bridge (Iowa Power & Light Co.) (Polk County, Iowa)
Removed 1974
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Removed

CB&Q/M&StL - Elm Street Railroad Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1880; Caught fire 1956; Removed 1968
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad
Removed but not replaced

Center Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built in 2010 as part of the Principal River Walk trail network along the Des Moines River
Steel through arch bridge over Des Moines River on Pedestrian and bicycle trail at the Principal River Walk
Open to pedestrians and bikes only

Center Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ?; Closed 1969 after the MacVicar Freeway/I235 opened; Removed 1973/1974
Lost Through truss bridge over Walnut Creek on Center Street
Removed

CGW - Des Moines River Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built Ca. 1900, closed to railroad traffic in 2001; purchased by the city in 2002 for future trail usage, demolished in 2013
Lost abandoned Pratt Truss Bridge over Des Moines River
Last of the four spans demolished on 11 September 2013.

Cline Hall of Science-Fitch Hall Skywalk (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1949
Steel stringer bridge over Pedestrian Pathway on Pedestrian Pathway
Open to pedestrians only

CNW - East University Avenue Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1941; Removed 1960s
Lost Bridge over East University Avenue on Chicago & North Western Railway
Removed

CNW - Euclid Avenue Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1934; Removed 1997
Pony plate girder over Euclid Avenue on Railroad (CNW)
Removed but not replaced

Commerce Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1889; Destroyed 1965
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon River on Commerce Drive
Destroyed by flooding

Court Avenue Bridge (1st) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1858, Destroyed 1869
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Court Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

Court Avenue Bridge (3rd) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1871, replaced 1917
Lost Post through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Court Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

DCI - Highland Park Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Lost to "urban renewal" in 1993
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad
Removed due to "Urban Renewal"

DMRy - Bridge to Nowhere (Polk County, Iowa)
Built circa 1920; Removed in the 1980s
Concrete rigid frame bridge over High Street on Des Moines Railway Co.
Removed

DMRy - Merle Hay Road Trestle (Polk County, Iowa)
Built circa 1904-5 (Supposedly); Removed July 11, 1950
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Merle Hay Road (58th Street) on Des Moines Railway Co.
Removed

DMRy - Walnut Creek Trestle (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ca 1898, Removed before 1930
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Walnut Creek on Des Moines Railway Co.
Removed

DMU - Raccoon River Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Removed 2005
Lost Through truss bridge over Raccoon River on Railroad
Removed

Drake University Carpenter Hall Footbridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1953
Steel stringer bridge over Quad Creek (Formerly a Reflecting Pool) on Pedestrian Pathway
Open to pedestrians only

DSM River Trail - Unnamed Creek Trestle (Polk County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over Unnamed creek on Des Moines River Trail
Open to pedestrians only

East 14th Street Viaduct (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1937; Rehabilitated 1973
Steel stringer bridge over Railroad Yard on East 14th Street
Open to traffic

East Douglas Avenue Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1895; rehabilitated 1973; replaced 1999
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Fourmile Creek on East Douglas Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

Edna M. Griffin Memorial Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 2005
Steel through arch bridge over Interstate 235 on Pedestrian Pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Eight Street Viaduct (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1968
Steel and concrete stringer bridge over Martin Luther King Jr Parkway on 8th Street
Open to Northbound traffic

Euclid Avenue Des Moines River Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1933; rehabilitated 1969
Haunched steel stringer bridge over Des Moines River on US 6
Open to traffic

Euclid Avenue Des Moines River Bridge (Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1906, Replaced 1933
Pratt through truss on Euclid Avenue over Des Moines River
Replaced by a new bridge

Euclid Avenue Fourmile Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1934; rehabilitated 1956
Steel stringer bridge over Fourmile Creek on US 6
Removed and replaced

Evergreen Ave Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1967
Bridge over Runoff channel for Easter Lake on Evergreen Ave
Open to traffic

FDDM - East University Avenue Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1941; Removed 1967
Lost Steel stringer bridge over EastUniversity Avenue on Ft. Dodge, Des Moines & Southern
Removed but not replaced

Fleur Drive Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1990
Haunched deck plate girder bridge over Raccoon River & Railroad on Fleur Drive
Open to traffic

Fleur Drive Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1936; rehabilitated 2011
Steel stringer bridge over SW 22nd Street on Fleur Drive
Open to traffic

Fourmile Creek Marsh Arch Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1914; Replaced ?
Lost Marsh arch bridge over Fourmile Creek on
No longer exists

Frink Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1937
Steel stringer bridge over Frink Creek on SW Mckinley Avenue
Open to pedestrians only

George Washington Carver Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 2005
Steel through arch bridge over Racoon River on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Open to traffic

Grand Avenue Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 2016-17
Concrete stringer bridge over Des Moines River
Open to traffic

Grand Avenue Bridge (Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1918; rehabilitated 1968; Demolished 2016-17
Arch bridge over Des Moines River on Grand Avenue in Des Moines
Demolished

Grand Avenue Bridge (Older) (Polk County, Iowa)
Replaced 1918
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Grand Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

Grand Avenue Bridge (Unbuilt) (Polk County, Iowa)
Never Built
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Des Moines River on Grand Avenue
Never built

Grand Avenue Walnut Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1914; rehabilitated 1961 Demolished 2013
Arch bridge over Walnut Creek on Grand Avenue in Des Moines
Replaced

Great Western Trail - Frink Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Frink Creek on Great Western Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Green Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1898; closed to traffic in 1993; rehabilitated 1998 and 2016 for pedestrian usage
Three-span through truss bridge over Raccoon River formerly on SW 5th Street, now a pedestrain trail in Des Moines
Open to pedestrains only

Hubbell Arch Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 2005
Steel arch bridge over Interstate 235 on Pedestrian Pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Hubbell Avenue Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1916; Replaced 2002
Lost Concrete tee beam bridge over Fourmile Creek on Hubbell Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

IAIS - Ashworth Park Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1897; Replaced 2017
Warren Through Truss bridge over Trail and Walnut Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

IAIS - Des Moines River Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1905
8 span Through Plate Girder bridge over Des Moines River on Iowa Interstate Railroad
Open to traffic

IAIS - Fourmile Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ca. 1900
Five span deck plate girder bridge over Fourmile Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

IAIS - Frink Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Frink Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
Abandoned

IAIS - Hickman Road Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Hickman Road on Iowa Interstate Railroad
Open to traffic

IAIS - Raccoon River Bridge (Spur) (Polk County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Raccoon River on Railroad
Open to traffic

IAIS - Tributary of Fourmile Creek Arch (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Fourmile Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
Open to traffic

IAIS - Walnut Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Walnut Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
Open to traffic

Inter-Urban Trail Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1905, Abandoned 1982; Converted to trail use 1998, repaired 2012
Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Interurban Trail
Open to pedestrians

Iowa State Fairgrounds Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Fourmile Creek Tributary on Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Jordan Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1932; replaced 1996
Lost concrete arch bridge over Jordan Creek on Grand Avenue
Replaced by new bridge

Jordan Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1996
Deck arch bridge over Jordan Creek on Grand Avenue
Open to traffic

Locust Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1909; rehabilitated 1967; to be replaced in 2018
Arch bridge over Des Moines River on Locust Street in Des Moines
Demolished; Replacement to be constructed

Locust Street Bridge (Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Replaced 1909
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Locust Street
Replaced by new bridge

M&StL - Des Moines River Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1901; Replaced 1905 by an upstream bridge and sold to the M&StL; Removed ?
Lost 4 span quadrangular through truss over Des Moines River on former M&STL
Removed

M&StL - Walnut Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1901; Removed ?
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Walnut Creek on Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway
Removed

Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built as part of Des Moines' Southeast Connector Project
Bridge over Des Moines River on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Open to traffic

Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Bridge over Raccoon River (Polk County, Iowa)
Concrete stringer bridge over Raccoon River on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Open to traffic

Ninth Street Viaduct (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1967
Steel and concrete stringer bridge over Martin Luther King Jr Parkway on 9th Street
Open to Southbound traffic only

NS - Dean Lake Outlet Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over Unnamed overflow creek from Dean Lake on Wabash, later N&W, now NS/BNSF Railway
Open to rail traffic

Owens Covered Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1887 over North River; Relocated to Lake Easter Park,
Howe through truss bridge over Branch of Yeader Creek on a pedestrain path in Lake Easter Park
Open to pedestrians

Park Street Skywalk (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1988; Removed within the past few years
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Park Street on Skywalk
Removed but not replaced

Payton Avenue Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1925
Steel stringer bridge over Unnamed creek on E Payton Avenue
Removed and replaced

Pleasant Drive Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ?; Replaced 2010
Lost Deck arch bridge over Cummins Creek on Pleasant Drive
Replaced by a new bridge

Raccoon River Covered Bridge (1st) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1862, Carried away in an ice jam in 1865; Replaced 1871
Lost Bridge over Raccoon River on Front Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Raccoon River Covered Bridge (2nd) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1872; Replaced 1916
Lost Through truss bridge over Raccoon River on First Street & Streetcar
Replaced by a new bridge

Red Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1891; One truss span lost due to collision with a shifted flatcar load 1945; Abandoned in 1995; Converted to trail use in 2006; Raised 2016-17
Pratt Through Truss Bridge over Des Moines River on Principal Riverwalk
Open to pedestrian traffic

RI - Des Moines River Bridge (1st) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1868; Replaced 1880
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

RI - Des Moines River Bridge (2nd) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1880; Replaced 1901
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad (RI)
Replaced by a new bridge

RI - Fourmile Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ca. 1900; abandoned ca. 1980
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Fourmile Creek
Abandoned

RI - US6 Overpass (E; Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Replaced 1955
Lost Girder bridge over US 6 on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

RI - US6 Overpass (W; Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Replaced 1955
Lost Girder bridge over US 6 on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

Rider Way Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 2005
Steel through arch bridge over Interstate 235 on Pedestrian Pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Riverside Park Drive Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1937; rehabilitated 1974; Converted to pedestran use 2006
Arch bridge over Raccoon River on SW 1st Street in Des Moines
Open to pedestrians only

Riverview Park Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1914; Burned 1990
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Lagoon on Corning Avenue
Destroyed by fire

Scott Avenue Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1937; rehabilitated 1981
Arch bridge over Des Moines River on Scott Avenue in Des Moines
Open to traffic

SE 6th Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Bridge over Des Moines River on SE 6th Street
Open to traffic

SE 6th Street Bridge (Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1906; Replaced 1973
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on SE 6th Street
Replaced by a new bridge

SE 9th Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1871 at Walnut Street, Relocated here 1891; Abandoned 1934; Removed 1941
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Des Moines River on SE 9th Street
Removed

Shortline Yard Footbridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Lost Bridge over Short Line Yard on Pedestrian Pathway
Removed

South Union Street Bridge (Warren County, Iowa)
Built 1924; rehabilitated 1965; Replaced 2018
Pony truss bridge on Clover Hill Drive/100th Avenue over Middle Creek
Open

St. Johns Road Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Arch bridge over an unnamed creek on St. Johns Road in Des Moines
Open to traffic

SW 2nd Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Bridge over Raccoon River on SW 2nd Street
Open to traffic

SW 63rd Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1894'; Replaced 1964
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Raccoon River
Replaced by a new bridge

SW 7th Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1915; rehabilitated 1968
Arch bridge over Raccoon River on SW 7th Street in Des Moines
Open to traffic

SW 9th Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ca.1888; Replaced 1967
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon River
Replaced by a new bridge in 1967

SW 9th Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Concrete stringer bridge over Raccoon River on SW 9th Street
Open to traffic

Trestle-to-Trestle Trail - Beaver Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Converted to trail use ca. 2000; Collapsed during ice jam 2019
Deck plate girder bridge over Beaver Creek on Trestle to Trestle Trail
Collapsed