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

West 37th Street Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 27067.
• Location: River Mile 14.7.
• River Elevation: 899 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Prestressed Concrete Channel Beam.
• Length: 77 Feet, 25 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 51 Feet, 4 Lanes.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1962.
The West 37th Street Bridge is a concrete channel beam bridge that is nearly identical to the West 36th Street Bridge located a block to the north. This bridge is slightly longer, but sees much heavier traffic. In fact, I had to wait nearly 20 minutes to catch a view of the bridge with no cars on the bridge deck.

This area of the creek has seen a lot of storm runoff water in past decades, which has hurt water quality. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has worked with the city and local landowners to build sentiment holding ponds along the creek to help filter the runoff water. The area just south of this bridge on the Target store side of the creek was regraded during the late 2000s to create additional ponds and built a barrier to water flowing off of the Target store parking lot.

The photo above is looking northeast towards the downstream south face of the West 37th Street Bridge.

West 37th Street Bridge
These two photos are views looking east down the length of the bridge deck towards Knollwood Mall. The photo below is from about 50 feet west of the bridge, where the curve in the road and the height of the bridge is apparent. The photo below is from a vantage point closer to the bridge, where we can see the roadway on the far end of the bridge deck. The red targets in the photo above are logos on the side of a truck that is heading to the Target store located directly behind the photographer.

West 37th Street Bridge
West 37th Street Bridge
The photo above is looking southwest across the bridge deck from the northeast corner of the structure. The target store is visible in the background, with highway MN-7 running parallel to and south of this bridge. The photo below is a view looking east along the north face of the bridge between the West 37th Street Bridge and the parallel footbridge.

West 37th Street Bridge

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