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Scott Avenue Bridge


Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #219230

Street Views 


Arch bridge over Des Moines River on Scott Avenue in Des Moines
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1937; rehabilitated 1981
- Cramer Brothers Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa (1981 Rehabber)
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa
- Works Progress Administration
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 86.9 ft.
Total length: 747.1 ft.
Deck width: 48.9 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.57862, -93.61224   (decimal degrees)
41°34'43" N, 93°36'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/448962/4603173 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SE
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
IA 3684 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14265 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 15, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added rehab company
  • January 17, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • February 10, 2017: New photo from Daniel Barnes
  • January 27, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • October 1, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 10, 2014: New photo from Andrew Raker
  • April 4, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • July 3, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 2, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 16, 2011: New Street View added by Luke Harden


  • Luke
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Andrew Raker
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Daniel Barnes


Scott Avenue Bridge
Posted October 15, 2011, by Matt Mazan (mmazan1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

With the river low you can see the dam structure underneath the bridge.

Scott Avenue Bridge
Posted February 22, 2009, by Matt Mazan (mmazan1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

new photos of the Scott Ave Bridge.

Scott Avenue Bridge
Posted February 19, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I think your ice photos are quite dramatic. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Scott Avenue Bridge
Posted February 18, 2009, by Matt Mazan (mmazan1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge also has a low head dam underneath that is part of the structure of the bridge. These photos were taken in December 08. The river was iced over like this for over a month. I plan to get some better photos soon and will post.