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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