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Grand Avenue Walnut Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Phil Roeder

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #231689


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Arch bridge over Walnut Creek on Grand Avenue in Des Moines
West Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Built 1914; rehabilitated 1961 Demolished 2013
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design)
- Reinking Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 44.9 ft.
Total length: 168.0 ft.
Deck width: 54.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.58270, -93.70322   (decimal degrees)
41°34'58" N, 93°42'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/441381/4603683 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SW
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
IA 3731 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2011)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 7, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Correction: Bridge was not rdemolished LAST year, but was slightly repaired, and is now being torn out and replaced.
  • May 10, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • May 6, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added lost date, as it will be replaced soon.
  • August 16, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden



Iowa Interstate railroad Bridge adjacent to this bridge
Posted May 6, 2013, by C J Johnson (108stitchesiowa [at] netzoola [dot] com)

The Iowa Interstate Railroad bridge also over Walnut Creek is located just North of the Grand Avenue Bridge. Photo taken April 2013.

Grand Avenue Bridge Demo 2013
Posted May 6, 2013, by C J Johnson (108stitchesiowa [at] netzoola [dot] com)

Demo continues...

Grand Avenue Bridge Demo 2013....
Posted May 6, 2013, by C J Johnson (108stitchesiowa [at] netzoola [dot] com)

Demo continues....

Grand Avenue Bridge Demo 2013
Posted May 5, 2013, by C J Johnson (108stitchesiowa [at] netzoola [dot] com)

Demo has started on the Grand Avenue Bridge over Walnut Creek

and Grand Avenue will be closed for the Summer of 2013.

This bridge is located just West of the Des Moines, Iowa/West Des Moines, Iowa dividing line of 63rd Street which is also regarded as 1st Street West Des Moines, Iowa. Photos taken Spring 2013.

Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted May 6, 2012, by Matt Mazan (mmazan1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

will be torn down and replaced starting May 8th, 2012.