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West 36th Street Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Street Crossing
Saint Louis Park, MN

West 36th Street Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 27519.
• Location: River Mile 14.8.
• River Elevation: 900 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Prestressed Concrete Channel Beam.
• Length: 57 Feet, 19 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 52 Feet, 4 Lanes.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1963.
West 36th Street runs east and west across Saint Louis Park, and is the street that runs directly behind Knollwood Mall, a regional shopping center. The mall is located on the east side of the Minnehaha Creek, while the shopping complex centered around a large Target store is on the west side of the creek.

This bridge is built in a style known as a Concrete Channel Beam. A channel beam is an upside down U-shaped beam made out of concrete. They are precast in a factory, then transported to the site to be installed on top of the bridge piers and abutments. The bridge deck can be built direct on top of the flat surface of the channel beams. This was a quick and economical way to build a bridge that was commonly used in the 1950s and 1960s. Many such bridges have serious deterioration some 40 and 50 years after they were built. Engineers have been searching for an economical way to repair these structures without having to replace entire bridges. This bridge, however, appears to be in very good shape and has not yet suffered that type of deterioration.

The photo above is looking west down the length of the bridge deck of the West 36th Street Bridge. Knollwood Mall would be behind the photographer.

West 36th Street Bridge
The photo above is looking west down the downstream south face of the bridge. The photo below is a view of the downstream side of the structure.

West 36th Street Bridge
West 36th Street Bridge
The photo above is a view looking west down the upstream north face of the bridge. The photo below is a view of the upstream north side of the bridge, looking directly into the bright afternoon sun.

West 36th Street Bridge

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