This bridge is located on a short stretch of MN-100 where three historic overpass bridges of the same vintage can be found. Each bridge was designed with considerable attention given to the aesthetics of the bridge, and each bridge was also designed to be visually unique. This concept of not only making freeway overpasses look attractive, but varying them visually from bridge to bridge was something found in only the oldest limited access highways in the country, usually built before 1950. After 1950, and especially after the Interstate Highway System was created, limited access highway bridges either lacked aesthetics of any kind, or employed limited aesthetics in the same form on all bridges.
This bridge and the other two nearby historic overpass bridges are among the last remaining early expressway overpass bridges in Minnesota. Despite this fact, all three are slated for demolition and replacement. Because so few early overpass bridges remain, this will be a significant loss of Minnesota's transportation heritage.
This bridge has a railing style that was found on more than one bridge in Minnesota, but is generally rare in Minnesota. It is interesting however because it is a style used extensively in Michigan, the province of Ontario, and to a lesser extent some other Canadian provinces. Given Minnesota's location in the same region as Ontario and Michigan, one cannot help but wonder if engineers borrowed and adapted this railing style after seeing them in Ontario or Michigan.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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