This bridge's descriptive but somewhat unimaginative name speaks to the fact that this bridge is unique among the Mississippi River bridges of the Twin Cities, as the only stone arch bridge. This bridge is a landmark structure with numerous spans. Two of the spans were replaced in the 1960s with a single deck truss span to provide greater clearance for boats passing through the nearby locks. The western end of this bridge has a curve to it. The curve occurs within the piers of the bridge, each individual arch span itself is not curved. Also, there used to be a metal trestle structure that ran along the south side of the river and met up with the stone arch bridge at the western end. Also, this bridge used to be positioned next to a pin-connected deck truss bridge that carried 6th Avenue over the river, but this bridge is long gone, with only a couple stone piers remaining today.
Originally built for railroad traffic, this bridge today has been converted for pedestrian use. A couple of the eastern spans have concrete rings added underneath the barrels, but otherwise, the arch spans retain good historic integrity.
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