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Minnetonka Boulevard Bridge


Minnetonka Boulevard Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 3, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Minnetonka Boulevard (CR-5) Over MN-100
St. Louis Park: Hennepin County, Minnesota: United States
Structure Type
Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Minnesota Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
44.3 Feet (13.5 Meters)
Structure Length
163.7 Feet (49.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
56 Feet (17.07 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This Bridge's Future Is At Risk!

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View The Environmental Assessment For A Project Involving This and Two Other Historic Bridges

This historic bridge is slated for demolition and replacement!

This bridge is located on a short stretch of MN-100 where three historic overpass bridges of the same vintage can be found. Each bridge was designed with considerable attention given to the aesthetics of the bridge, and each bridge was also designed to be visually unique. This concept of not only making freeway overpasses look attractive, but varying them visually from bridge to bridge was something found in only the oldest limited access highways in the country, usually built before 1950. After 1950, and especially after the Interstate Highway System was created, limited access highway bridges either lacked aesthetics of any kind, or employed limited aesthetics in the same form on all bridges.

This bridge and the other two nearby historic overpass bridges are among the last remaining early expressway overpass bridges in Minnesota. Despite this fact, all three are slated for demolition and replacement. Because so few early overpass bridges remain, this will be a significant loss of Minnesota's transportation heritage.

This bridge has a railing style that was found on more than one bridge in Minnesota, but is generally rare in Minnesota. It is interesting however because it is a style used extensively in Michigan, the province of Ontario, and to a lesser extent some other Canadian provinces. Given Minnesota's location in the same region as Ontario and Michigan, one cannot help but wonder if engineers borrowed and adapted this railing style after seeing them in Ontario or Michigan.


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