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Civic Center Trail Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Footbridge Crossing
Minnetonka, MN

Civic Center Trail Bridge

• Structure ID: N/A.
• Location: River Mile 20.3.
• River Elevation: 922 Feet.
• Structure Type: Pedestrian Bridge.
• Construction: Laminated Wood Beam.
• Length: 100 Feet, 100 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 8 Feet.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1983.
This pedestrian bridge is located behind the Minnetonka Civic Center just off of Hennepin County Highway 5, Minnetonka Boulevard, just west of Interstate highway I-494. It is the first bridge over the Minnehaha Creek when traveling southbound. The gorgeous laminated wood bridge majestically arches over the creek, carrying hikers and bicycles between the trail systems on each side of the Minnehaha.

Aerial photos indicate that the bridge was installed in 1983. It does not, however, look to be nearly 30 years old. It is either in really good condition, or it has recently been refurbished. In any event, this is a fantastic looking bridge no matter what its actual age happens to be.

The photo above is looking west towards the downstream face of the Civic Center Trail Bridge. Note the reflection in the water where the bridge crosses the middle of the stream. There is a thin film of ice on the water where the reflection ends.

Civic Center Trail Bridge
The photo above is a view of the downstream east face of the bridge as seen from the south shore of the Minnehaha Creek. The photo below is looking south down the length of the bridge deck.

Civic Center Trail Bridge
Civic Center Trail Bridge
These two photos are views crossing the Civic Center Trail Bridge walking to the north. The photo above is the south end of the bridge, while the photo below is a view from mid-span.

Civic Center Trail Bridge

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