Heads’ up! Locust Street bridge to close downtown next Monday, August 20

Here we go (again)! The City of Des Moines has announced plans to close the Locust Street bridge over the Des Moines River next Monday, Aug. 20. Construction begins next week to replace the bridge across the Des Moines River, which connects our East Village neighborhood and downtown Des Moines.

As part of this $8 million project, the Locust Street bridge will be demolished and re-built with two lanes of traffic, bicycle lanes and public parking.

Downtown DSM’s iconic bridges – photo by Charlie Litchfield, Des Moines Register

The Des Moines Register newspaper reports that the Locust Street bridge project is expected to take over a year, and is expected to reopen to cars in late 2019, the city said.

What you need to know: Traffic will be prohibited on Locust between Second Avenue (on the west side of the river) and Robert D. Ray Drive (by City Hall on the East Village side) during the closure. Traffic will be re-routed to the recently-reconstructed Grand Avenue bridge so that you can get across the river.

You can also easily cross the river downtown via the Walnut Street bridge, or drive down the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway that skirts the southern edge of downtown and the East Village.

Photo credit: Charlie Litchfield, Des Moines Register