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Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Birgit Smith in September 2009

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BH Photo #167067

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Description 

Tower is 100 ft. tall

Facts 

Overview
Cable-stayed bridge over Hiawatha Ave, MN Hwy. 55, Hiawatha Light Rail Line on Midtown Greenway Regional Trail
Location
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 2007
Design
Main span consists of a cable-stayed suspension bridge type with the tower leaning at an 70 angle. The approach spans are concrete beam spans. It design matches that of the Rieman Bridge in Milwaukee, WI, as well as the RotMain pedestrian bridge in Bayreuth (Bavaria), Germany
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 220.0 ft.
Total length: 2,200.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.95199, -93.24138   (decimal degrees)
44°57'07" N, 93°14'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/480960/4977645 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul West
Inventory number
BH 45450 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 25, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 18, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • June 4, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: Added google map

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted November 27, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

The bridge it's self if actually pretty nice. Better that a MOB.

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted November 27, 2012, by Matt Lohry

Oops...got all worked up and hit the enter button twice...my bad!

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted November 27, 2012, by Matt Lohry

This waste of taxpayer money is open again--but not until they REPLACED the two biggest cables, which I'm sure did not come cheap. Well, we'll see how long it takes before the stupid thing is closed again...

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted November 27, 2012, by Matt Lohry

This waste of taxpayer money is open again--but not until they REPLACED the two biggest cables, which I'm sure did not come cheap. Well, we'll see how long it takes before the stupid thing is closed again...

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted March 1, 2012, by Spanfan (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Update: 2 more cracked plates were found on the bridge yesterday.

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted February 22, 2012, by Jake (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thankfully no one was hurt though, but this pedestrian bridge cable snafu managed to snarl the bridge traffic, an expressway and a light rail line. Talk about a triple-lutz of failure.

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted February 21, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

After the depressing demolition of Fort Steuben Bridge, I needed some news like this to cheer me up! The bridge next to the former Fort Steuben Bridge is also a cable-stayed bridge and it has deteriorated at a remarkable rate. Worse, a ways south on the Ohio River, the Pomeroy Mason Bridge's replacement cable-stayed bridge failed to earn a full 9/9 on its initial bridge inspection, conducted before the bridge was open to traffic. They don't build bridges like they used to!

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted February 21, 2012, by Matt Lohry

Oh, the wonders of modern, quality cable-stayed engineering! Couldn't see THIS one coming a million miles away! They fritter all the design funds into attempting (and I use the word lightly!!) to make a new bridge look spectacular, but they forget to add reliability and longevity into the equation! Oh--and, this bridge is, what...barely 5 years old?? They could have rehabbed the remaining three spans of the old Broadway Street Bridge (demolished in the mid '80's) and not only would it have looked a hundred times better than this thing, that one would have easily lasted ANOTHER 100-plus years without batting an eyebar!

Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge
Posted February 21, 2012, by Spanfan (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] comn)

The topmost cable on the east side of this bridge snapped this past Sunday & the bridge is currently closed to pedestrian/bike traffic. The bridge had just been inspected in October 2011 & passed with flying colors.