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West 37th Street Footbridge
Minnehaha Creek Footbridge Crossing
Saint Louis Park, MN

West 37th Street Footbridge

• Structure ID: 94224.
• Location: River Mile 14.7.
• River Elevation: 899 Feet.
• Structure Type: Pedestrian Bridge.
• Construction: Steel Pony Truss, Wooden Deck.
• Length: 100 Feet.
• Width: 8 Feet.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1992.
Traffic problems continued to grow in the Twin Cities through the 1980s after the gas crisis and recession of the 1970s had eased. As a result, by the late 1980s, both MN-DOT and many cities were investigating ways to encourage other forms of transportation such as walking, bicycling, and taking the bus. All too often, however, situations were encountered where there was a very busy bridge or highway that did not sidewalks. The West 37th Street Bridge leading to a large Target Store in Saint Louis Park was one such example. The solution to the problem is this 100 foot long prefabricated steel truss footbridge. This bridge, built by Continental Bridge from Alexandria, Minnesota, is very functional, yet is also attractive, durable, and relatively inexpensive. Problem solved.

The photo above is looking east down the length of the bridge deck. Knollwood Mall is located on the far side of the Minnehaha Creek, with the Target Store being located behind this vantage point.

West 37th Street Footbridge
These two photos are views of the downstream south side of the footbridge that faces the nearby street bridge. The photo above is looking to the east, while the photo below is looking to the west. The Target Store is visible in the background of the photo below.

West 37th Street Footbridge
West 37th Street Footbridge
The photo above is a view of the east bridge abutment as seen from near the southeast corner of the structure. The photo below is view looking to the northeast from the south side of West 37th Street.

West 37th Street Footbridge
West 37th Street Footbridge
The photo above is the bridge builder's plate. The photo below is the official state bridge plate that identifies the bridge number and year of construction.

West 37th Street Footbridge

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