New Des Moines Bridge May not have Arches

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some City Council members and other people want the city to ensure the trademark arches are retained in the design for the downtown Grand Avenue bridge replacement.

Councilwoman Christine Hensley told The Des Moines Register that the arches are part of the city logo, so it's critical that they are reflected in the design for the new, $7.2 million structure. Work is expected to begin in summer 2015.

The current bridge was built in 1916 and rehabilitated in 1967. It carries about 8,200 vehicles each day.

Deputy City Engineer Pam Cooksey says that replicating the architecture of the existing bridge will likely be too expensive. She also says that style of architecture doesn't meet Iowa Department of Transportation design standards.

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