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Minnehaha Avenue Bridge

Minnehaha Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Minnehaha Avenue Over Minnehaha Creek
Location
Minneapolis: Hennepin County, Minnesota: United States
Structure Type
Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1890 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1925
Main Span Length
25 Feet (8 Meters)
Structure Length
35 Feet (11 Meters)
Roadway Width
19.7 Feet (6 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
4559

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Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This bridge is an attractive stone arch bridge. Unlike the concrete bridges with stone facing in adjacent Minnehaha park, this is a true stone arch bridge, with the stones providing load-bearing function without the aid of concrete. That said, the bridge was widened by adding a small concrete arch section to the west side of the bridge, in 1925 when John Weeks notes this bridge was rehabilitated. For unknown reasons, this bridge is rated poorly in the National Bridge Inventory. The stone appears to be in decent condition, and repair methods for stone arch bridges are well-documented, particularly in Europe where stone bridges may be three times as old as this bridge. Particularly amusing is that the National Bridge Inventory listed the bridge's geometry (ie roadway width) as intolerable. This bridge originally carried a street car line as well as the highway, but the street car line is long gone. As a result, much of the bridge's width is being used to grow grass! Although the roadway is listed as just under 20 feet wide, the bridge itself is about 76 feet wide! Addressing the width of this bridge which largely carries park traffic simply means removing the grass and putting some pavement down to widen the roadway. 

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