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Grand Avenue Bridge (1918)


Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #213948

Street Views 


Arch bridge over Des Moines River on Grand Avenue in Des Moines
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Built 1918; rehabilitated 1968; Demolished 2016-17
- Dana Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa (City Engineer; Designer)
- William Horrabin Construction Co. of Iowa City, Iowa
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 495.1 ft.
Deck width: 65.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.58916, -93.61874   (decimal degrees)
41°35'21" N, 93°37'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/448429/4604347 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SE
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
IA 3721 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14250 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Sufficiency rating: 32.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added designer
  • August 8, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • February 2, 2017: Updated by Andy Winegar: Updated name to "Old" and changes status to "Demolished"
  • January 26, 2017: New photo from Daniel Barnes
  • October 13, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 13, 2016: Updated by Luke: In the process of being demolished
  • September 18, 2016: Updated by Andy Winegar: Changed status: Closed, awaiting demolition & replacement
  • July 17, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Racetrack" as it was used in the Des Moines Grand Prix course 89-94
  • February 3, 2014: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2015; potentially one of many arch bridges in visier of the City of Des Moines and Shuck Britson, the engineering firm
  • 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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Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted February 3, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Well, technically in visier is French but is used by Germans to say "to be targeted for sth." I personally like the style used in the English language. ;-)

Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted February 3, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Jason--You're slipping some German into your sentences!

Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by Andy W (zzjitterzz [at] yahoo [dot] com)



I honestly don't see how they can even think of not using arches again. They're so iconic that Des Moines' city flag is of the river arches