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Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Regional Trail Crossing
Saint Louis Park, MN

Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge

• Structure ID: 8207.
• Location: River Mile 15.1.
• River Elevation: 901 Feet.
• Structure Type: Regional Trail Bridge.
• Construction: Steel Pratt Pony Truss.
• Length: 130 Feet (Estimated).
• Width: 12 Feet (Estimated).
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 2001.
The Twin Cities area has developed a world-class system of regional and bicycle trails. One of the crown jewels in the system is the Cedar Lake Trail, the nation's first bicycle freeway. The Cedar Lake Trail ends at highway MN-100 just south of Interstate I-394. The Hutchinson Spur Trail was developed to extend the Cedar Lake Trail along an old Great Northern Railway spur line to connect with the Southwest LRT Trail near the intersection of US-169 and MN-3 in Hopkins. The trail is used both by bicycle commuters and recreational users.

The Great Northern Railway line was abandoned sometime prior to 1970 when the county highway 18 freeway was built. County highway 18 is unique in that it is one of the few freeways to be developed by a county as opposed to being a state, federal, or interstate highway project. The railroad roadbed was left intact, but the bridges had been removed. The bridge over Minnehaha Creek does not show up in a 2000 work by Victor Gilbertson, but it is on an aerial photo from 2003. The bridge builder plate is stamped with the digits ‘01’, leading me to believe that this bridge was installed in 2001.

The photo above is looking north down the length of the Hutchinson Spur Bridge over the Minnehaha Creek in Saint Louis Park. The photo below is looking southwest down the east face of the truss structure.

Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge
Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge
The photo above is a view looking north down the length of the bridge deck from the southeast corner of the structure. The photo below is a similar photo looking south down the length of the bridge deck from the northeast corner of the bridge.

Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge
Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge
These two photos are views from the north bank of the Minnehaha Creek. The photo below is looking upstream to the west towards the center of the bridge span. The photo below is looking southwest from near the north bridge abutment.

Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge
Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge
The photo above is the south bridge abutment as seen from under the the truss span. The photo below is the bridge builder's plate. Note that the bridge was built by a local company.

Hutchinson Spur Trail Bridge

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