- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The nation’s inland cities are raising many bridges in the expectation that climate change will bring more intense storms and more frequent flooding. A look at some of the projects:


BRIDGE: Red Multi-Use Trail Bridge

CITY: Des Moines, Iowa

BUILT: 1891, rehabilitated in 2005 and raised higher in 2016-17

ORIGINAL HEIGHT: Walking surface 29.5 feet above river bed

NEW HEIGHT: Surface raised to 34 feet over river bed

COST: $3 million


BRIDGE: Eighth Avenue Bridge

CITY: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

BUILT: Removal of bridge built in 1938; new bridge construction to start in 2020

ORIGINAL HEIGHT: 14 feet above Cedar River

NEW HEIGHT: 28 feet

COST: Up to $30 million


BRIDGE: Sixth Street Bridge

CITY: Milwaukee

BUILT: New bridge completed in 2011 to replace bridge built in 1982.

ORIGINAL HEIGHT: 10 feet above Kinnickinnic River

NEW HEIGHT: 15½ feet above river

COST: $3 million


BRIDGE: Virginia Street Bridge

CITY: Reno, Nevada

BUILT: New bridge completed in 2016 to replace bridge built in 1905.

ORIGINAL HEIGHT: 12 feet above Truckee River

NEW HEIGHT: 15 feet

COST: $18 million


BRIDGE: Park Road Bridge

CITY: Iowa City

BUILT: Bridge built in 1959 to be replaced by bridge now under construction. Completion expected in 2018.

ORIGINAL HEIGHT: 9.5 feet over Iowa River

NEW HEIGHT: 15 feet over river

COST: $13 million

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