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Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Rail-Trail) Over Mississippi River and Portland Avenue
Minneapolis: Hennepin County, Minnesota: United States
Structure Type
Stone Semicircular Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1883 By Builder/Contractor: Edward Darragh and Engineer/Design: Charles C. Smith

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
197 Feet (60 Meters)
Structure Length
2,100 Feet (640.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
21 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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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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