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Footbridge in Des Moines. (WHO-HD)

Footbridge in Des Moines. (Des Moines Register)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The safety and accessibility of some Des Moines footbridges is being questioned.

The footbridges were the topic of conversation at Monday night’s city council meeting. They route pedestrians over roads near Howe, Park Avenue, and Windsor elementary schools.

Traffic engineers say they’re in need of repair and they don’t accommodate wheelchairs. The plan is to demolish them and make improvements to the pedestrian crossings at those locations.

One of the bridges is scheduled to be torn down next summer. Votes are the others will follow.

The estimated cost of the project is $1,075,000 million.