Grand Avenue Bridge Downtown Closing Monday

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DES MOINES, Iowa—Commuters in downtown Des Moines only have one more weekend to use the Grand Avenue bridge before it is demolished and rebuilt.

The bridge, which was built in 1918 and last rehabilitated in 1968, will close at 8:00 a.m. Monday. The work means Grand Avenue between 2nd Avenue and Robert D. Ray Drive will be closed. A detour will be in place, directing drivers to use the Walnut Street bridge instead.

The Grand Avenue bridge was deemed structurally deficient and city officials said re-building the bridge, at a cost of just more than $9 million, was more cost-effective than making repairs.

The city says traffic on the new bridge will be restored by the end of 2017.