Taking De-Tour of the Grand Avenue Bridge Reconstruction

After one hundred years of connecting the East Village to the west side of Downtown Des Moines, the Grand Avenue bridge closed this week for a year-long replacement project.

The city says the repair is “essential for the safety of residents and visitors.” But it’s also going to take a little getting used to, if Grand Avenue is your main route to come visit us here at AllSpice.


Here are some alternate routes you can take (pictured above): the Locust Street (where AllSpice is located), Walnut Street, and Court Avenue bridges across the Des Moines River are all open and accessible. They’ll be closed and replaced, one by one, after the Grand Avenue bridge project is completed.

Robert Ray Drive, the north-south street adjacent to the Grand Ave bridge, is closed, too — but alternate crossing streets 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street (on the west side of the river) and East 4th, 5th and 6th Streets on our side of the bridge remain open.

This is also an excellent time (the City of Des Moines says it’s a GRAND opportunity, nyuk nyuk nyuk) to try out a couple of alternative forms of transportation to the Historic East Village:

  • Catch a DART bus in or out of downtown
  • In particular, you can grab a ride on the free D Line shuttle service looping around the Historic East Village from the State Capitol complex to the Western Gateway Park by Meredith Corp at 17th between Grand and Locust.  The D Line bus runs every 10 – 15 minutes, Monday through Friday 6:30 am – 6:00 pm, and Saturdays 10 am – 5pm.
  • Ride your bike or check out a B-Cycle Des Moines bike – we have bike parking on the corner, right by the store!
  • Have a rolling party, and take the The Big Yellow Bike with a dozen friends.
  • Of course, the neighborhood is also an excellent setting for a leisurely walk or run.

Whatever you do, *do* stop by and visit us. We have some new olive oils and balsamics that have just come in, and we’ve got our special autumnal goodies (Apple Pie Spice Blend, Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend) back on the shelves. See you soon!

Official information and updates about the Grand Avenue bridge project, and about closing and detour info are on the Des Moines city government website.