City Council Approves $10 Million 2nd Avenue Bridge Project

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Monday, February 7, 2022 — The City of Des Moines Council approved plans to move forward with repairing two vital bridges connecting the northern part of the City and suburbs to downtown Monday night.

Costing roughly $10,000,000, the project includes a full replacement of the bridge above Birdland Drive and important repairs to the 2nd Avenue bridge over the Des Moines River. Constructed in the 1930s, these two bridges serve roughly 20,000 vehicles per day.

Since 2011, 18 bridges in the City of Des Moines have been classified as being "structurally deficient". As of today, 13 of those 18 bridges have been addressed. After tonight's vote by City Council, the City of Des Moines has three bridges remaining to address, each of which is scheduled for rehabilitation or complete replacement in the City's current five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) plan.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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