This bridge is extremely rare in Minnesota: a surviving example of a rigid-frame overpass for an early limited access highway. In the 1930s, when parkways and other early limited access highways were being built, rigid-frame bridges were one of the most popular types of bridge used for overpasses. They featured a graceful curve to the superstructure and could be embellished with aesthetic details as needed. This particular bridge has decorative columns at the abutments as well as ornamental railings. The bridge is largely unaltered and retains good historic integrity. Modern railings have been added, but the original railings remain in place behind them. The concrete is suffering from spalling and the railings are rusting. A rehabilitation is needed for this historic bridge. However, there is the real possibility that the bridge may instead be at risk for demolition and replacement.
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