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Bruce Vento Trail Bridge

Bruce Vento Trail Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 2, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Bruce Vento Rail-Trail) Over MN-36
Maplewood: Ramsey County, Minnesota: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1954 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Minnesota Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
39 Feet (11.89 Meters)
Structure Length
154.5 Feet (47.09 Meters)
Roadway Width
26 Feet (7.92 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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This Bridge No Longer Exists!

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This bridge was demolished and replaced by MNDOT in 2013!

This bridge was originally built to carry a railroad line for the Northern Pacific Railway over MN-36. However, in more recent history the railroad line and this bridge were later converted to serve a rail-trail, with the railroad line being removed. This bridge was not the oldest freeway overpass, but with a 1954 construction date it was fairly old and old enough to have aesthetic details that would not be found on younger bridges. As originally designed, the bridge was a steel stringer bridge with the outermost fascia beam encased in concrete for decorative purposes to make the bridge look like an all-concrete bridge. Decorative pillars were part of the abutment design. Ornamental steel railings were originally present on the bridge, although these had been removed and replaced with cyclone fencing when HistoricBridges.org documented the bridge in 2013, a seemingly minor change but one that greatly hurt the aesthetic qualities of the bridge. When HistoricBridges.org documented this bridge in spring of 2013, a replacement bridge had begun construction. The historic bridge was demolished later in the year. The replacement bridge appears to have been built to provide a longer span, presumably to allow for the widening of MN-36. With the replacement of this bridge with a pedestrian bridge, there is no longer any evidence that a railroad line once crossed at this location.


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