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BNSF - Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension Overpass

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Photo taken by Matthew Lohry in May 2010

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BH Photo #164146

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Description 

These bridges were built in 1926 and are very heavily used by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. A simple but long-lasting bridge type, these bridges appear to be concrete as you approach them, but a closer look underneath reveals steel stringers that have concrete beams on each side, as well as in between the stringers. The concrete is filled to be flush with the bottom of the stringers, giving the bridge a slab bridge appearance. The bridges are experiencing some spalling in several areas, but are in decent condition. I'm not sure how many trains cross these bridges on a daily basis, but I would estimate that at least 15 in each direction is a safe bet.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Coon Rapids Blvd Extension on BNSF RR (to Central MN)
Location
Coon Rapids, Anoka County, Minnesota
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1926
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Great Northern Railway (GN)
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
- Rapid Transit
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.15156, -93.29433   (decimal degrees)
45°09'06" N, 93°17'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/476863/4999828 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Coon Rapids
Inventory number
BH 45166 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 4, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Rapid Transit"
  • April 20, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "Ballasted Deck", "Northern Pacific Railroad", "Great Northern Railway"
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • May 4, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry

Sources 

  • Matt Lohry
  • Luke