Movement in bridge struts causes closure of Des Moines Creek Trail

The City of Des Moines announced Tuesday morning (Jan. 26) that the Des Moines Creek Trail has been closed until further notice, due to movement detected in concrete caps that sit atop struts on the Marine View Drive Bridge above it.

City staff told The Waterland Blog that they responded to a citizen concern on Monday (Jan. 25) regarding the concrete caps that sit atop the bridge struts.

“It appears one cap in particular has moved at least 8″-inches,” Engineering Services Manager R. Brandon Carver said. “This particular strut cap sits directly over the trail and the City has closed the trail on either side of the bridge temporarily as a precaution:

MVD bridge photo left

MVD Bridge photo right


Closer view shows how anĀ overhanging strut on the left has moved. It should be flush like the one on the right.

These strut caps are approximately 21′-6″ in length.

The trail will remain closed while the City coordinates with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to evaluate the situation (the bridge is owned and maintained by WSDOT).

“WSDOT is not concerned at all with the bridge integrity as this piece that is moving is primarily cosmetic and not structural in nature,” Carver added.

The trail remains usable from the north (SeaTac).

For more information:

R. Brandon Carver, P.E., P.T.O.E.
Engineering Services Manager
21650 11th Ave South
Des Moines, WA 98198


5 Responses to “Movement in bridge struts causes closure of Des Moines Creek Trail”
  1. Just curious says:

    If the piece is “primarily cosmetic” what purpose or function does it serve?

  2. Diana says:

    you mean the one they spent all last spring retro fitting? ugh

  3. Jnelner says:

    Thank you to whoever saw this and reported it!

    • Michael T Kovacs says:

      I walked the trail for the first time in 2 years and noticed the shift of the concrete covers. Not sure how much they moved in two trips about 4 days apart last week. It did not look good.

  4. Mary Butler says:

    Walk the trail everyday miss it sooooo much hurry WSDOT we want our trail back!!!! Parking at 200th is not as safe as parking in the Marina

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