Stakeholder input was key in RDG's development of the aesthetic concept for this bridge. The resulting design draws on industrial elements from nearby architecture to create a unique bridge that serves as the southern bookend to the Des Moines Riverwalk.
Lighting, materials and color tie the MLK Jr. Parkway streetscape and other Riverwalk bridges together. To keep costs down, the design for the Southeast Connector Bridge focuses on enhancing standard bridge elements such as piers, railings, entrance monuments, slope protection and lighting to create an aesthetically pleasing post and beam bridge. The bridge supports four vehicular lanes, two on-street bicycle lanes and multipurpose trails.