The city of Des Moines is closing a downtown trail bridge to begin a rehabilitation project Monday.

The SW 1st Street Multi-use Trail Bridge is a popular path for cyclists and pedestrians who use the Meredith Trail.

Des Moines City Engineer Steven Naber said the bridge was once used for vehicle traffic, but was re-adapted in 2006 for pedestrian use.

“The SW 1st street multi-use trail bridge was originally constructed in 1937 as a vehicle bridge. It's actually known as River Side Drive. The last repairs that were done on it were in 1974,” Naber said.

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