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Phalen Park Truss Bridge

Phalen Park Truss Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 3, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Keller Creek Channel
St. Paul: Ramsey County, Minnesota: United States
Structure Type
Metal 4 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Bedstead Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1906 By Builder/Contractor: St. Paul Foundry Company of St. Paul, Minnesota

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
60 Feet (18.29 Meters)
Structure Length
92.5 Feet (28.19 Meters)
Roadway Width
29 Feet (8.84 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
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This is an extremely rare example of a bedstead truss, and even among bedstead truss bridges it is unique. It includes a unique bottom chord that curves down to meet the bottom of the bedstead leg in the end panels of the truss. This gives the bridge a unique arched appearance below. Little knee braces visually complement this appearance on the other side of the legs, where steel stringer approach spans can be found. Little is known about this bridge aside from that the reported builder is the St. Paul Foundry Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. Originally carrying vehicular traffic, the bridge was rehabilitated sometime after 1991 for pedestrian use with HNTB as the consulting engineer. The railing situation is unusual on the bridge. What appears to be the original v-laced hub guard railing remains on the bridge's southwest truss only. All the remaining parts of the bridge have a larger, taller lattice railing, that resembles historic railings generally found on the sidewalks of bridges. It is not known if these railings are old (perhaps reused from elsewhere) or replicas, but they have fasteners that look like rivets on them, rather than bolts or welds more typical of modern railing. On the truss, there are some welded and bolted alterations. However, the overall bridge retains good historic integrity.


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