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Coon Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Matthew Lohry in May 2010

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BH Photo #164126

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Description 

This is a classic example of a concrete tee beam bridge, a beautiful and simple bridge design used by the Minnesota Highway Department throughout the first 30 years of the 20th century. This particular bridge was built in 1926 and was taken out of service somewhere around 1973. This bridge is extremely high above the creek, and it is difficult to get photos of the underside because of the steep banks and brush down below. The bridge has been preserved in place and remains largely unaltered from its original configuration. The bridge is in good condition, with only some spalling on the north guard rail. The railings are solid concrete with rectangular inlays, which was the common style used on these bridges. Its 30-foot width is much wider than most bridges of this type, probably due to its urban setting. The yellow paint color is most likely not original.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete tee beam bridge over Coon Creek on Pedestrian trail
Location
Coon Rapids, Anoka County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1926
Builder
- Minnesota Highway Department
Design
Concrete tee beam
Dimensions
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Also called
Bridge No. 4575
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.15125, -93.29691   (decimal degrees)
45°09'04" N, 93°17'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/476660/4999795 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Coon Rapids
Inventory number
BH 45162 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 3, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry

Sources 

  • Matt Lohry