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Brookside Avenue Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Street Crossing
Saint Louis Park, MN

Brookside Avenue Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 27688.
• Location: River Mile 11.9.
• River Elevation: 887 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Concrete Slab.
• Length: 49 Feet, 44 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 32 Feet.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1991.
The Brookside neighborhood in Saint Louis Park is one of the hidden gems of the west metro area. While the homes in this area are not opulent like they are downstream in Edina, the houses are well maintained, and the yards look like something you would see in a home and garden magazine. The home located just west of the Brookside Avenue Bridge is nestled between this street bridge and a Soo Line Railroad Bridge. Despite having a narrow and sloping lot that requires a lot of work to maintain, this yard looks showroom perfect. If one could pick just one place along the Minnehaha Creek that is picture postcard perfect, this would be it.

The Brookside Avenue Bridge is a concrete slab bridge. The deck is both the structural member as well as the driving surface. These bridges are typically built by pouring concrete on top of a wooden frame, and then the wood is removed after the concrete has cured. Slab bridges are normally very routine structures. In this case, the bridge has been dressed up with lines in the concrete, stonework, and a series of four metal railings. Add in the sloping lots and the open exposure on the upstream side of the bridge, and you have one of the most visually interesting structures on the Minnehaha Creek.

The photo above is looking north along Brookside Avenue towards the southwest corner of the Brookside Avenue Bridge. The photo below is looking north down the length of the bridge deck towards the intersection of Brookside Avenue and Yosemite Avenue. Brookside curves to the west, while Yosemite continues north.

Brookside Avenue Bridge
Brookside Avenue Bridge
The photo above is the upstream face of the Brookside Avenue Bridge as seen from near the southwest corner of the structure. The photo below is the upstream face of the bridge as seen from the northwest corner of the structure. In each case, the homeowners allowed me to walk across their lawn to take these photos.

Brookside Avenue Bridge
Brookside Avenue Bridge
The photo above is looking south down the length of the bridge deck. The photo below is looking south along the downstream sidewalk on the east side of the structure. Note that while the roadway curves to the right in these two photos, the sidewalk is straight.

Brookside Avenue Bridge

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