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54th Street Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Street Crossing
Edina, MN

54th Street Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 90640.
• Location: River Mile 9.5.
• River Elevation: 865 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Steel Girder.
• Length: 36 Feet, 32 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 29 Feet Curb-To-Curb, 2 Lanes, 33 Feet Overall.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1935, Rebuilt 1948.
The bridge over the Minnehaha Creek on West 54th Street is a simple steel girder bridge. It has a concrete deck, but that deck has long since been paved over with blacktop. This area of Edina was acquired as part of the first municipal park in the city. This would suggest that this bridge might be the original bridge at this location. Arden Park was initially developed as a depression era public works program. This bridge might also have been funded in the same manner.

The 54th Street Bridge is relatively low. There is also a small cascade located just upstream of the bridge that is a Class II rapids. That means that canoe traffic has to negotiate the rapids, make a quick turn, then duck to get under the bridge. As a result, it is highly recommended that canoe traffic portage around this structure. It is reported that this rapids can be especially nasty during periods of low water due to submerged rocks that can damage the bottom of a canoe.

The photo above is a view looking upstream towards the south face of the 54th Street Bridge from the west bank of the creek. The waterfall located just north of the bridge is visible through the bridge span. The photo below is looking south towards the upstream face of the bridge from the canoe landing on the east bank of the creek.

54th Street Bridge
54th Street Bridge
These two photos are two more views of the south face of the 54th Street Bridge from different vantage points along the west bank of the creek.

54th Street Bridge
54th Street Bridge
The photo above is looking northwest across the bridge deck from near the southeast corner of the structure. Minnehaha Boulevard continues along the east back of the creek off of the right edge of the photo. The photo below is looking west down the length of the bridge deck.

54th Street Bridge
54th Street Bridge
The photo below is looking east down the length of the bridge deck into the bright morning sun. The photo below is a similar view along the downstream south face of the structure.

54th Street Bridge

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