Organizers hopeful about saving Des Moines bridge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Organizers trying to save a 115-year-old bridge near downtown Des Moines say they’re optimistic about its future now that city officials are more open to renovating the closed structure instead of demolishing it.

Sarah Oltrogge, president of the Des Moines Historical Society, says efforts are underway to get formal support from the City Council and the city’s Park and Recreation department. She says it will help with private fundraising.

Oltrogge is among a small group of people trying to raise money for the bridge, which has multiple names, including the Southwest Fifth Street bridge. The bridge closed in March due to safety concerns.

Councilman Skip Moore says he wants to save the bridge, but it will be up to the private group to raise most of the money needed.

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