BRIDGE DELAY: Opening Pushed To December

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Yet another delay has been announced for the opening of the Grand Avenue bridge at 63rd Street in Des Moines.

The 100 year old bridge was closed in March so crews could demolish it and build a new structure. The project has been plagued with delays.

Three lanes of traffic were originally set to re-open on September 9th. That date was pushed to September 27th then in August city engineers said the lanes wouldn’t be open until November 29th.

An engineer with the city of Des Moines now says the bridge won’t open until mid-December.

The weather has been a factor in the most recent delay. Because of extremely cold temperatures, crews have been unable to pour the concrete needed to connect the bridge with the road. Barrier rails also need to be installed on the bridge.