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Short Line Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

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

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian Pacific) Over Mississippi River and River Parkway
Location
Minneapolis: Hennepin County, Minnesota: United States
Structure Type
Metal Pin-Connected Baltimore Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1902 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
324 Feet (98.8 Meters)
Structure Length
1,061 Feet (323.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 4 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

The previous bridge at this location dated to 1880, and so sometimes that is the date given for this bridge. However, this bridge actually dates to 1902 when the bridge was demolished and replaced. This bridge is a large, impressive pin-connected Baltimore deck truss. The plaque is missing, but it has an outline shaped like a plaque from the Lassig Bridge and Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois. The builder was reported as American Bridge Company. Lassig Bridge and Iron Works was bought by American Bridge in 1900 and for a few years bridges built in the Lassig plant after the buyout continued to use its Lassig Bridge and Iron Works style plaques. That may explain the plaque design. The bridge is a traditionally composed structure, but has massive end posts. Deck plate girders on steel bents provide an approach to the bridge. The main spans rest on stone piers.

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