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UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses

Photos 

Overall view from the north

Photo taken by Matthew Lohry

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BH Photo #185008

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Lost steel stringer bridge over Mn 100 on UP RR/Cedar Lake Bike Trail
Location
St. Louis Park, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Status
Both bridges are gone; north bridge was replaced with a new concrete pedestrian bridge, south bridge replaced by new pony plate girder rail bridge
History
Both built 1936, north bridge turned into trail; demolished 2015
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M&StL; MSTL)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
2 Bridges with two Through Plate Girder Spans each
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 52.2 ft.
Total length: 108.9 ft.
Also called
TC&W - MN-100 Bridge
Cedar Lake LRT Trail Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.94028, -93.34778   (decimal degrees)
44°56'25" N, 93°20'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/472561/4976374 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Minneapolis South
Inventory numbers
MN 5309 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 46813 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
98,000

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridges have both been replaced
  • April 4, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 25, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 8, 2013: New Street View added by Joe Leets
  • June 7, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • February 12, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 2, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad"
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "railroad", "Rail-to-trail"
  • December 26, 2010: New Street View added by Matthew Lohry
  • November 7, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry

Sources 

Comments 

UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses
Posted April 27, 2016, by Anonymous

Four

UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses
Posted April 27, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

The north bridge seems to have been much wider than the south bridge. How many tracks did it handle?

UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses
Posted April 26, 2016, by Steve M (steve55426 [at] msn [dot] com)

Both of these bridges are gone and the new ones are now in place.

UP/Cedar Lake Trail MN100 Overpasses
Posted November 14, 2014, by John Marvig

The Twin Cities and Western tracks are currently using the former trail span to cross highway 100, as demolition on the former span is expected to take place tonight. The new bridge will be built in two weeks, opening on November 24th.

Highway 100 Railroad Bridges
Posted June 7, 2013, by Matt Lohry

Nathan is correct; all of the remaining historic bridges along this stretch of 100 are slated to be replaced because 100 is being widened, and these bridges cannot be made any wider underneath than they currently are. This plan has been in place for as long as I can remember (I lived in this area for many years and drove this stretch every day on my commute). It has been delayed many times, but it's inevitable that it will happen.

Highway 100 Railroad Bridges
Posted June 7, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A project website for the whole freeway reconstruction project is located here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy100slp/ and I suggest reading the Environmental Assessment and viewing the "Design" documents linked to on the main page of that website. The EA states the following "The project will replace the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail Bridge that currently crosses T.H. 100. For details, see discussion of the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail on page 73." Unless I am misinterpreting something, that refers to this bridge. The "Design" document also lists Proposed Bridges 27303 and 27304 in the location of these two bridges.

Highway 100 Railroad Bridges
Posted June 7, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Nathan,

I would be interested in seeing the source that told you these two bridges are doomed. I believe the highway bridges are, but I see no mention of these two in the project description from MNDOT