Grand Avenue Underpass Construction

1936 photo courtesy of Iowa Department of Transportation and Farwell T. Brown Collection

 

This photo, looking southeast, shows the area near the Grand Avenue crossing before the underpass was built. The at-grade crossing was tended around the clock by guards, as seen on the left. The Ames High Field House can be seen in the background on the left, and the Interurban Depot is visible on the right. Construction of the Grand Avenue underpass would start the following year.

1938 photo courtesy of Iowa Department of Transportation and Farwell T. Brown Collection

Similar angle, after the underpass construction. The Grand Avenue-Lincoln Way intersection can be seen in the background.

1936 photo courtesy of Iowa Department of Transportation and Farwell T. Brown Collection

This view shows the at grade crossing before construction began on the underpass.

1937 photo courtesy of Iowa Department of Transportation and Farwell T. Brown Collection

Construction workers from Ben Cole & Sons are shown constructing the Grand Avenue underpass. Construction took place from 1937-1938, while Cole Contractors was also building the new Ames High School. Heavy timbers were used to temporarily support the railroad tracks that continued to carry their traffic while construction of the underpass proceeded.

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1938 photo courtesy of Iowa Department of Transportation and Farwell T. Brown Collection

For more information and photos about the construction of the Grand Avenue underpass, visit this page.