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Como Park Foot Bridge

Como Park Foot Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 3, 2013

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Railroad (Abandoned Streetcar)
St. Paul: Ramsey County, Minnesota: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Open Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1904 By Builder/Contractor: William S. Hewett and Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
50 Feet (15 Meters)
Structure Length
88 Feet (27 Meters)
Roadway Width
15 Feet (4.57 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

View A Historical Article That Includes a Photo of This Bridge

View A Document Prepared By St. Paul Discussing This Bridge

View A Presentation Prepared By St. Paul Discussing This Bridge's Rehabilitation and Proposed Interpretive Signage

View The National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For The Two Melan Arch Bridges In Como Park

View The City's Official 2015 Rehab Project Website

This bridge is an extremely rare example of a Melan arch bridge, which involves using solid steel arch ribs inside the concrete for reinforcement instead of the reinforcing rods (rebar) that later became the dominant reinforcement type. There are actually two Melan arch bridges in Melan park, the other one a short distance west of this one on Lexington Parkway. This foot bridge has been abandoned for many years and has deteriorated. The only interesting thing caused by the deterioration is that it exposed the reinforcing, allowing HistoricBridges.org to photograph this part of the bridge that should be hidden from view. The steel arches are built up and include v-lacing in the lower sections and battens in the upper sections (in the vicinity of the crown), which hold a pair of angles together. In the 1960s, vandals destroyed the beautiful concrete balustrade railing on this bridge. This bridge was previously at risk for demolition, but recently a decision was made to rehabilitate this historic bridge. The city even located the original plans for the railings in a historical article, and will be replicating them on this bridge. The project is ongoing as of 2015. When completed, it appears this will represent an outstanding historic concrete bridge preservation project. 

This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Melan


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