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Washington Avenue Bridge

   


Washington Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 3, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Washington Avenue Over Railroad (BNSF) and Cedar Lake Trail
Location
Minneapolis: Hennepin County, Minnesota
Structure Type
Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1891 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
97 Feet (29.6 Meters)
Structure Length
109 Feet (33.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
68 Feet (20.7 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
6992

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This bridge was replaced, however the trusses were incorporated into the replacement bridge as decorations. With this bridge, the entire flooring system and bottom chord was scrapped, and the bottom portions of the remaining truss webs were encased in concrete. The remaining structure rises above the modern bridge. This solution is really not "historic bridge preservation" however, it is a lot better than scrapping out the bridge because a substantial amount of original bridge material was saved, and the bridge still have interpretive value for visitors. The bridge continues to convey its rare design consisting of three truss lines, with one truss line in the center of the roadway. The bridge also continues to convey its significant skew, which was rare among pin-connected truss bridges of the 1800s.

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