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Mendota Bridge


Photo Credit: Kent Landerholm, CC BY-NC 2.0


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BH Photo #201572


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Concrete arch bridge over Minnesota River on MN 55 in Mendota Heights
Dakota County, Minnesota
Open to traffic
Built 1926; rehabilitated 1992
- Claude Allen Porter Turner of Lincoln, Rhode Island
- Koss Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 304.1 ft.
Total length: 4,113.7 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 70.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Minnesota River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.88472, -93.17361   (decimal degrees)
44°53'05" N, 93°10'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/486289/4970159 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul West
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MN 4190 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20350 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 81.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 8, 2020: New photo from David Shedlock
  • December 4, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 30, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 9, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder.
  • June 16, 2011: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • August 15, 2010: New Street View added by Matthew Lohry



Mendota Bridge
Posted June 16, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I found the bridge interesting because its a rare bridge designed by Turner. Although he invented the Turner truss, his real accomplishment was the development of the reinforced concrete slab in lieu of t-beams and such. I noted on this bridge the unusually wide cantilevered deck beyond the arch ribs, and I suspect this may be because Turner would have been comfortable doing strange things with reinforced concrete.

Mendota Bridge
Posted June 16, 2011, by Spanfan (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is one of the most beautiful bridges I know of. I love biking over it & looking down on the treetops!