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Locust Street Bridge

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Photo taken by Jason Smith in August 2011

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BH Photo #213959

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Overview
Arch bridge over Des Moines River on Locust Street in Des Moines
Location
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Status
To be demolished and replaced in 2018 with a bridge similar to the new Grand Avenue Bridge
History
Built 1909; rehabilitated 1967; to be replaced in 2018
Builders
- George D. Dobson of Newell, Iowa (Designer)
- Marsh Engineering Co. of Des Moines, Iowa (Contractor)
Railroads
- Des Moines Railway (DMRy)
- Streetcar
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 102.0 ft.
Total length: 447.2 ft.
Deck width: 49.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.58822, -93.61837   (decimal degrees)
41°35'18" N, 93°37'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/448458/4604243 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SE
Inventory numbers
IA 3710 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14256 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 42.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
4,490

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 6, 2017: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is so doomed, it makes President Trump gleam.
  • May 31, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • December 19, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • December 5, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 24, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 17, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Racetrack" as it was used in the Des Moines Grand Prix course 89-94
  • April 27, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • August 20, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "River To River Road"
  • March 6, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Rail-and-Road", "Streetcar", "Des Moines City Railway", "Railroad"
  • October 31, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • September 19, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 16, 2011: New Street View added by Luke Harden

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Locust Street Bridge
Posted December 7, 2017, by Matt Lohry

Robert,

Very well put; I couldn’t agree more. People from every political affiliation are contributors to this site, but despite those differences, we all have the same thing in common—we love and treasure our historic bridges, and that will never change. Political comments create division, no matter what side you’re on. As I’ve said before, whining about political stuff is what Facebook is for (which I ignore completely, so it doesn’t affect me!); Bridgehunter is not the place for it.

Locust Street Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Agree!!!

Locust Street Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey folks. I hate to be critical of edits and contributions on here, but I really think we should keep politicians names out of status updates unless a politician is directly involved with the bridge.

I know there are people on here who don't like president Trump. Likewise, I know there are people on here who are proud supporters of President Trump. That aside, unless president Trump has a bridge named after him, swings a wrecking ball at a bridge, or makes a bridge great again, I really think we should not make comments about him in status updates.

Locust Street Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Au contraire: This bridge is scheduled to be replaced with another faux pax arch bridge similar to the Grand Avenue Bridge. The old structure will be demolished in 2018 and completion of new bridge is scheduled for 2020. More here: https://urbandsm.com/downtown/locust-street-bridge-replaceme...

Locust Street Bridge
Posted May 12, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)