Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge
A focal point of The Principal Riverwalk, this iconic bridge spans the Des Moines River, linking the east and west sides of the city at the northern edge of the riverwalk loop. This single-arch pedestrian bridge opened on June 28, 2010. It features two paths crossing the Des Moines River, one for cyclists and one for pedestrians, with the walkway over the middle of the river having a glass floor. The 434 feet long bridge is part of a recently completed $70 million Riverwalk project, which has rejuvenated the city’s downtown area.
Each year beginning in 2013, notable women from Iowa’s history are honored at this bridge. Local citizens provide the nominations, which are then reviewed by a committee who selects the recipients. Selections include women who have made a positive impact on the lives of others, achieved extraordinary accomplishments, inspired future generations and who have been agents of change for the betterment of the state of Iowa, our nation or the world.
The Dam to Dam Half Marathon route passes over this beautiful bridge as it nears the downtown area, giving runners and spectators a fantastic view of the Des Moines river and downtown area.