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Intercity Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 31, 2013 and June 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Minneapolis and St. Paul: Hennepin County, Minnesota and Ramsey County, Minnesota: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Open Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1927 By Builder/Contractor: James O. Heyworth of Chicago, Illinois and Engineer/Design: Martin Sigvart Grytbak

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
300 Feet (91.4 Meters)
Structure Length
1,524 Feet (464.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
56 Feet (17.07 Meters)
5 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
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View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

View The National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Historic Bridge

View a Short Historical Biography of James O. Heyworth

This bridge is one of the more ornate of the impressive collection of concrete arch bridges found in the Twin Cities area. This bridge is noted for its columns that have architectural detailing on them, and the miniature arches that span between each column under the deck. The bridge does not retain its original concrete balustrade railings... instead modern metal railings can be found. However, otherwise, the arch retains its original intended aesthetics. Some of the columns have been replaced, but these appear to have been replaced in kind, with the architectural details being replicated.

In the design of this bridge, the use of a solid steel (Melan stlye) reinforcing was considered, but this idea was scrapped in exchange for what had become the common method of reinforcing, which is to use reinforcing rods (rebar).

One would think that in big cities and on large bridges, that large plaques would be found on the many large, historic Mississippi River bridges in the Twin Cities area. However, many lack an original plaque. This is one of the few bridges that does have a plaque, and it is a large, informative plaque as one would expect for a bridge of this size. This bridge was built to connect Minneapolis and St. Paul in this area, mainly for the Ford plant that was in this area.


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