• Posted Jun 18, 2019

Don't let one closed bridge hold you back from getting to Mullets and the Meredith Trail

If you've been downtown Des Moines, you've seen that the SW 1st Street Bridge is closed. The good thing is there are still plenty of ways to get across the confluence of the Raccoon River and the Des Moines River.

Check out our static map to show you the way or view a google map.

What is the best ways to get to Mullets and the Meredith Trail?

From the North side of the Raccoon River:
  1. Take the trails close to Principal Park West a couple of blocks and cross via the Jackson Street Bridge (green bridge)
  2. Take the M.L.K. Trail over the SW 2nd Street Bridge and access the Meredith Trail on the other side

From the East side of the Des Moines River:

Get to the Scott Avenue bridge via:

  1. the SE Connector Trail
  2. the John Pat Dorrian Trail
  3. SE 4th Street

From the South side of the Rivers:
  1. The Meredith Trail is open
  2. The Carl Voss Trail (fnaDes Moines River Trail)
  3. SE 1st Street
  4. Jackson Ave is another good side road connector

How long will theSW 1st Street Bridge be closed? - Until Dec 2019
Please be patient and stay off the bridge until it is officially open.


Of course Mullets is still open at 1300 SE 1st in Des Moines during all the bridge construction. Stop in!

  • Every day there are daily and happy hour specials
  • Breakfast Starts at 7 am to 1 pm - Come in and enjoy Breakfast Meatloaf, Breakfast Burrito or your typical Two eggs with Bacon, Hash browns and toast!
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SW 1st Street Trail Bridge Closes for Rehabilitation Project

Originally posted April 15, 2019, by Christina Salonikas of

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.

The bridge will undergo repairs to its joints, deck, arches, substructures, new concrete and more.

Mullets employee Elizabeth Kirkman said this is the first she is hearing of the bridge closure and it will impact business.

“Just because not everyone will know right away. It is also hard to post every single day and let people know ‘hey we are still open.’ Just because we get so busy during the summer, but we will try our best to let everyone know that we are open and go through the biking community. Hopefully everyone spread the word,” Kirkman said.

The bridge work is funded in part by the Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant. The grant is also funding the Locust Street bridge replacement and Court Avenue rehabilitation.

“The bridge is a critical connection in the trail system. A trail system that serves over 300,000 users each year. We are posting a detour for the Meredith Trail that we use the Fifth Street bridge,” Naber said.

A detour route is in place for people who use the Meredith Trail. The city asks people to use the 5th Street Bridge for the time-being.

The SW 1st Street Bridge is anticipated to open in December 2019.

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