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44th Street Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Street Crossing
Edina, MN

44th Street Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 27668.
• Location: River Mile 11.7.
• River Elevation: 885 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Concrete Slab.
• Length: 33 Feet, 29 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 28 Feet.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1985.
The 44th Street Bridge appears to be located in a sleepy little neighborhood nestled between the Minnehaha Creek and the highway MN-100 freeway. Looks can be a little deceiving, however. 44th Avenue is one of the few through east and west streets on the north side of Edina. As a result, this bridge sees an estimated 3,700 vehicles per day. That is pretty busy for a neighborhood street. In fact, I had to wait several minutes in some cases for traffic to pass so I could get photos with no cars on the road near the bridge.

The 44th Street Bridge is a concrete slab bridge. This type of bridge does not have a steel or concrete beam structure holding it up. Rather, the thick concrete bridge deck is both the structural member as well as the surface that carries vehicle traffic. This type of bridge tends to be over ordinary looking. In this case, however, the bridge was dressed up with a vertical line design in the concrete, a bit of stonework, and fancy metal railings. The net result is a very pretty little bridge that fits in well in this neighborhood. One interesting feature is located at the southeast corner of the structure. North Avenue is located very close to the creek. A retaining wall was built to hold back North Avenue. The bridge deck and railings wrap around the corner and extend about 25 feet south down from 44th Avenue.

The photo above is looking northwest across the deck of the 44th Street Bridge. North Avenue branches off to the right in this photo.

44th Street Bridge
The photo above is looking upstream from the east bank of the Minnehaha Creek. The photo below is looking west down the length of the bridge deck. A bridge carrying the Soo Line Railroad over 44th Avenue is visible in the background.

44th Street Bridge
44th Street Bridge
The photo above is looking west down the upstream face of the bridge. The photo below is looking est down the downstream face of the bridge. The bridge deck extends to the south along a retaining wall that holds North Avenue from falling into the creek.

44th Street Bridge

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