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Rider Way Pedestrian Bridge


Special Route and Bridge DesignationsThe Rider Way pedestrian bridge over I-235 near 44th Street in Des Moines wasofficially dedicated Friday, April 7, 2006. Roosevelt High School and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling at the north end of the bridge that morning. Invited speakers for the dedication included Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, Des Moines Councilwoman Christine Hensley, Roosevelt High School students, and Iowa DOT officials. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by the 2006 Roosevelt Hall of Fame inductees. Also performing at the ceremony was the Roosevelt High School drum line and concert band.

The name for the bridge, Rider Way, was selected as the winning entry in a bridge-naming contest sponsored by the Iowa DOT. The winning name was nominated by several classes, and represents the Roosevelt High School's motto, "Respect and Responsibility - It's the Rider Way."

The Rider Way Bridge is one of three pedestrian bridges built as part of the I-235 reconstruction project and showcases some of the aesthetic design elements incorporated in the corridor. The bridge replaced an existing bridge, and connects the neighborhood south of the freeway with Roosevelt High School and the neighborhood north of the freeway.