Work on much-used Des Moines bridge will continue

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The company working to rebuild a small but much-used bridge linking Des Moines and West Des Moines has delayed the expected completion date.

The city of Des Moines announced Friday that Jenco Construction Inc. plans to have three lanes over the bridge open by Nov. 29. That’s more than two months later than the Sept. 27 date established in the city’s contract with the company.

The company will be charged a fee for each day it misses the original planned completion date.

Workers are replacing a bridge originally built in 1914 and widened in 1935. It carries about 18,000 vehicles daily on Grand Avenue over Walnut Creek, linking the two cities.

Jenco was awarded a $3.3 million contract for the project.

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