The Grand Avenue Bridge is OPEN! The bridge will be open to one lane of vehicular traffic in each direction and pedestrian traffic on the south sidewalk of the bridge only. Construction will continue through the winter, so portions of the bridge will remain closed. Public parking will NOT be allowed on the bridge and the bike lanes will remain closed while the contractor proceeds with work. Also closed is the north bridge sidewalk and the Principal Riverwalk Trails on the west side of the river. Please check out the linked .pdf HERE for a few recent pictures of the bridge construction.
Starting today, construction crews will be out on E Grand to relocate the vertical delineator posts between the parking and bike lanes. The posts are being moved to allow for more space for vehicles to park and move the parked vehicles away from the travel lanes. One of the top concerns from the public with this pilot project is that the lanes are too narrow and parking is too close to the travel lanes. Moving these posts should help address those concerns.
If you have any comments or questions we could love to hear from you. Please follow the link on the project page to the Wikimap where you can add comments and see what other comments have been submitted.
Click Here for an update from the City on the E Grand Pilot Project related to public questions and comments that have been received so far.
Starting the week of September 25th new raised bus stops will be installed along E Grand. The bus stops will be located westbound at E 6th Street, E 4th Street, and Robert D Ray Drive as well as at E 6th Street for eastbound buses. The raised bus stops will provide a waiting area for transit users between the protected bike lanes and vehicle travel lanes. The construction of these bus stops will last through the week of October 6th, weather depending.
The Grand Ave. Bridge hit a major milestone at the end of August with the structural bridge deck being placed! Check out a couple of the photos HERE. Although the deck is placed, there is a lot of work still to go! The contractor and utility companies are working on connecting existing conduits in the roadway, while work progresses on the bridge wings and bridge sidewalks. 1-lane of traffic is still anticipated to be restored on the bridge in December, pending installation of the bridge railing.
As people get used to the new configuration of the E Grand Complete Streets Pilot Project we want to hear from you! Please check out the updated resources panel on the Project Page that includes a link to an interactive Wikimap that allows you to provide vital feedback on what works, what doesn't, and how we can improve the E Grand corridor.
Also new to the resources panel are How-To graphics that explain different aspects of navigating the new configuration. Please take a look to get a better understanding of the ins and outs of the project.
Quick Project Update - Most of the major work has been completed. Some upcoming work may require some minor traffic impacts but no fill road closures are expected. The final green intersection pavement markings will be completed by the end of the week. These markings include the two stage left turn bike boxes at the intersections of E 4th, E 5th, and E 6th. The raised bus stops will be constructed before the end of September with minor traffic signal improvements and improved signage to follow.
Due to weather delays earlier this week the pavement marking schedule has been pushed back. The pavement markings will be completed overnight with the street closed in sections to allow most side streets to remain open. Below is the updated schedule, weather depending:
Thursday, 8/24 at 6pm to Friday, 8/25 at 6am Robert D Ray to E 4th Street
Monday, 8/28 at 6pm to Tuesday, 8/29 at 6am E 4th Street to E 6th Street
Tuesday, 8/29 at 6pm to Wednesday, 8/30 at 6am E 6th Street to E Penn Ave
Please check back for more updates on this project.
Due to inclement weather today, the road closure on E Grand between Robert D Ray and Penn Ave has been rescheduled for tomorrow, August 22nd starting at 6:00am. Parking will be restricted starting at this time. Please check back for more project updates.
In addition to the interior improvements, the exterior stone masonry is being repaired. TNT Tuckpointing has been repairing, patching, and repointing mortar joints of the limestone. See photo. Cleaning of the stone will follow in the Fall.
Inside the building demolition has started on the additional interior improvements approved by Council on May 8.
Principal Riverwalk Red Multi-Use Trail Bridge over the Des Moines River is now open to trail users. Work is substantially complete with only minor work remaining, including stair lighting and additional railing. Trail users will notice there are new stairs and ramps at each end of the bridge to meet the elevated bridge (4.5 feet higher). The new stair railing will have LED lights when complete.
Below is a link to a time-lapse video of the Red Bridge raising:
Garage Continues to Go Vertical Up to 4th Floor
Ryan Companies is working on the slab on deck pour #12 (out of 20) for the 4th floor (of the 6 floor garage). Ryan Companies will continue to work on deck construction, columns, pedestrian walls, and other work as the garage continues to go vertical in February. Ryan Companies is scheduled to work on stair and elevator towers in March.