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Cedar Avenue Bridge (Old)


Portal view

Photo taken by MnDOT in 1947

Photo taken by MnDOT


BH Photo #266543


Lost Through truss bridge over Minnesota River on Cedar Avenue
Eagan, Dakota County, Minnesota, and Hennepin County, Minnesota
Built 1890, removed in 1980 shortly after the current bridge was built.
Warren through truss with all verticals (main swing span) Pratt through truss (approach span)
Town lattice portal bracing (both spans)
Length of largest span: 253.0 ft.
Total length: 454.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.82653, -93.23232   (decimal degrees)
44°49'36" N, 93°13'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/481634/4963706 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul SW
Inventory number
BH 51579 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 23, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 16, 2013: Updated by Jason Smith: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Minnesota River", "Wooden deck", "Town lattice portal bracing", "One-lane traffic"
  • March 3, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 

  • Long Meadow Bridge (Same project) - Long Meadow Bridge is the northern set of spans, now a pedestrian bridge



Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
Posted October 29, 2014, by Joe Fishbein (jmf [at] visi [dot] com)

Clarification to my previous post. The swing span over the Minnesota River was removed, but the fixed spans to the north remain, and are the ones being rebuilt. There is a pedestrian bridge adjacent to the current northbound highway 77 bridge (9600N) which provides a Minnesota River crossing.

Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
Posted October 29, 2014, by Joe Fishbein (jmf [at] visi [dot] com)

This bridge was not removed, but has been closed for a number of years. The City of Bloomington has started a rehab project which will re-open the bridge for bikes and pedestrians.