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Minnetonka Blvd Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Street Crossing
Minnetonka, MN

Minnetonka Blvd Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 5668.
• Location: River Mile 16.5.
• River Elevation: 905 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Concrete Girder.
• Length: 28 Feet, 24 Foot Longest Span, 189 Feet w/Approaches.
• Width: 48 Feet, 4 Lanes.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1936, Rebuilt 1976.
The Minnetonka Boulevard Bridge carries four lanes of traffic across the Minnehaha Creek just west of highway US-169. This narrow bridge is a tight fit for four lanes of traffic. The bridge also has a single narrow sidewalk on the north side of the bridge deck. The bridge was build during the depression era, and was remodeled in 1976. It is near the end of its useful life, but as of 2010, it is not yet scheduled to be replaced.

This bridge is listed as a concrete girder bridge in the National Bridge Inventory, but in these photos, it appears to be a concrete arch. The bridge really is a concrete girder structure. The arch structure is a decorative element that hides the interior structure of the bridge. This makes for a very nice look in that the bridge has the classic lines of an arch bridge combined with the art deco era concrete details.

The 1867 route of the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad was mentioned in relation to some of the bridges near Saint Albans Mill. That railroad route crossed to the south side of the Minnehaha Creek near the mill site, then continued east across the creek again at the location of this bridge, then crossed the present day route of US-169 just south of the interchange with Minnetonka Boulevard. The route is not visible on the ground in this area, but you can see ghost lines on aerial photos for the old railroad route. The route does become visible just east of US-169 at the south end of Hillsboro Avenue where an old channel of the creek has been cut off by the railroad embankment.

The photo above is looking east down the length of the bridge deck from the eastbound traffic lanes.

Minnetonka Blvd Bridge
These two photos are views of the south face of the Minnetonka Boulevard Bridge as seen from the same location on the west bank of the Minnehaha Creek. The photo above is the exposure that was automatically selected by the camera, which shows the surface details on the concrete. The photo below is overexposed to show the creek as it flows through the bridge span.

Minnetonka Blvd Bridge
Minnetonka Blvd Bridge
The photo above is looking east down the length of the bridge deck from the sidewalk on the north side of the street. The photo below is a profile view of the south side of the Minnetonka Boulevard Bridge.

Minnetonka Blvd Bridge

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