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Center Street Bridge


Photo taken by Jason Smith in August 2011


BH Photo #213967


Street Views 


As part of the riverwalk project to commemorate its 125 year anniversary, the Principal Financial Group included this bridge as part of its riverwalk project along the Des Moines River, which connects with other bike and pedestrian trails in the city. It was nominated and shortlisted for the Bridge Engineering and Design 2011 Footbridge Awards. The bridge is unique as the tied arch serves as a divider separating the pedestrian and bike trails. From an ariel view, the crossing resembles a football over the Des Moines River.


Steel through arch bridge over Des Moines River on Pedestrian and bicycle trail at the Principal River Walk
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians and bikes only
Built in 2010 as part of the Principal River Walk trail network along the Des Moines River
- ARUP of London, England, United Kingdom (Designer)
- Cramer & Associates, Inc. of Grimes, Iowa (Contractor)
- Safdie Rabines Architects of San Diego, California (Designer)
- Syroka & Associates of Des Moines, Iowa
- Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Designer)
Steel tied arch bridge
Also called
Women of Achievement Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.59189, -93.61862   (decimal degrees)
41°35'31" N, 93°37'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/448441/4604650 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SE
Inventory number
BH 49667 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 28, 2019: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • July 8, 2018: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • June 27, 2018: New photos from John Bernhisel
  • January 30, 2018: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • May 31, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • May 26, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Cramer & Associates, Inc."
  • October 31, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • July 24, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added official name in alt names section
  • September 20, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • September 19, 2011: Added by Jason Smith


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  • ARUP - bridge engineer
  • Daniel Barnes
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • John Bernhisel - Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com


Copy of Londons Millenium Bridge
Posted April 16, 2016, by Michael Taylor

The only reson this modern bridge looks good is because it ripped off the Millenium Bridge by Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava (who is one of the greatest modernest architects still active, and like the other commenter said I doubt they even gave him credit.

Calatrava's designs are unique and that is what makes them special weather it is a bridge or building. His bridge work is usually some of the finest in the modern age if local governments don't stifle his vision. Someone here wanted to desperately be Calatrava and just copied his legendary UK bridge. However what makes a designer legendary is deeper than aesthetics, you can't be Frank Lloyd Wright by building a copy of Fallingwater.

Center Street Bridge
Posted September 14, 2015, by Bill (Bkalton [at] aol [dot] com)

Easy to copy Calatrava without paying him a fee or acknowledgement.

Center Street Bridge
Posted April 5, 2012, by Matt Mazan (mmazan1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

View from Wells Fargo Arena.

During the building of this bridge, one of the workers gained national recognition when he rescued a woman whose boat had gone over the dam and capsized. He pulled her out of the dams boil by hanging from the end of the cable attached to one of the cranes they were using to construct the bridge.