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FDDM - East University Avenue Overpass

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Facts 

Overview
Lost Steel stringer bridge over EastUniversity Avenue on Ft. Dodge, Des Moines & Southern
Location
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1941; Removed 1967
Builder
- E.A. Kramme Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railway (FDDM)
- Interurban
Design
Steel stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.60052, -93.58215   (decimal degrees)
41°36'02" N, 93°34'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/451487/4605587 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84292 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 7, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • January 25, 2019: Added by Luke

Comments 

FDDM - East University Avenue Overpass
Posted June 7, 2019, by Andy Winegar

I believe the CGW bridge is the one that has been removed, along with the entirety of the CGW trackage in the Des Moines area, not the FDDM&S structure. CNW bought all 3 predecessor railroads- FDDM&S in 1960, the CGW in 1968, and the Rock Island Spine Line in the early '80s. When they bought the Spine Line, the CGW became superfluous. It retained the FDDM&S through Des Moines as kind of a second main track to the Spine, while gradually abandoning the Great Western trackage.