- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The City Council has approved reconstruction of a landmark downtown bridge in downtown Des Moines.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1P5wrZB ) that the council took the action Monday and that the bridge could reopen to pedestrians and bicyclists within the next year.

A preservation group already has reached its $2.3 million fundraising goal to help save the structure. The Southwest Fifth Street bridge was built in 1898 and is commonly known as the Jackson Street bridge. It was closed in March 2013 after an engineering report cited deterioration and safety concerns. The report cited an estimated repair cost of between $1.75 million and $3.75 million.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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