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Hopkins Crossroad Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Street Crossing
Hopkins, MN

Hopkins Crossroad Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 27672.
• Location: River Mile 17.5.
• River Elevation: 910 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Prestressed Concrete Girder.
• Length: 103 Feet, 98 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 52 Feet, 4 Lanes.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1987.
The Hopkins Crossroad is a relatively old route through the western suburbs of the Twin Cities area. While it is 4-lane today, it was built as a 2-lane highway and upgraded over time. The bridge over the BNSF railroad tracks just north of the Minnehaha Creek was too narrow to comfortably carry 4 lanes of traffic. Then, for goofy reason, this new highway bridge over the Minnehaha Creek was built in 1987 with no sidewalks. This bridge is a very routine single-span concrete girder structure. It is set relatively high above the creek due to the bridge located 300 feet to the north that needs to pass over the BNSF railroad tracks. The result is that the banks along the creek are steeply angled towards the water.

In 2001, Hennepin County completed a study on the gaps in the bicycle trail system. The narrow bridge over the railroad tracks and the lack of a sidewalk over the creek were identified as part of the 8th ranked gap in the trails. Money was secured to replace the highway bridge over the BNSF tracks in the mid-2000s, and that bridge was replaced during the summer of 2007. The new bridge did include a wide walkway for both local sidewalk traffic as well as bicycle traffic as part of the regional trail system. It appears that a trail bridge was built over the Minnehaha Creek parallel to the Hopkins Crossroad Bridge at the same time. The trail bridge does not appear on 2006 aerial photos, but does show up on photos taken in 2008.

The photo above is looking north down the length of the bridge deck from near the southeast corner of the structure.

Hopkins Crossroad Bridge
The photo above is the upriver west face of the Hopkins Crossroad Bridge. The nearby trail bridge is in the foreground. The steep incline leading down to the water is visible in this view. The photo below is the downstream east face of the bridge.

Hopkins Crossroad Bridge
Hopkins Crossroad Bridge
The photo above is looking north down the length of the bridge deck from the southwest corner of the structure. Note the lack of sidewalks. The trail bridge is located off of the left edge of this photo. The photo below is looking along the west face of the highway bridge between the highway bridge and the trail bridge.

Hopkins Crossroad Bridge

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