Trestle to Trestle Bridge to be Replaced in 2022

UPDATED: June 2021

Roughly two years ago, ice jams collapsed the Trestle to Trestle Bridge that spans over Beaver Creek in Johnston. This bridge is the connector between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines and a key element of the very popular urban Trestle to Trestle Trail. Since the collapse, trail partners have been searching for funding for this $2 million dollar project. We are pleased to announce that funding has now been secured!  

Funding sources include the cities of Johnston and Des Moines, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Polk County, Polk County Conservation, FEMA, and the State of Iowa. Invitations to bid the project will be solicited in July 2021, with anticipated construction being completed in the spring or early summer of 2023. Designers incorporated the trestle design in the railing of the new bridge to tie it to the past. 

Questions can be directed to Polk County Conservation Deputy Director, Doug Romig, at

More renderings can be found here.

[Photos as shown from left to right: East/West View Showing Former Trestle Design in Railing Sections | North/South View of Bridge Entrance]