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Main Street Bridge

Photos 

Looking Northeast Along Main Street Showing An Overview Of The Bridge

Photo taken by Garry Redmann for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #442133

Map 

Description 

According to the HAER report, this was the only bridge in North Dakota which was built according to a patented design and it was the only through-arch bridge in North Dakota.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through arch bridge over Sheyenne River on I-94 Business Loop
Location
Valley City, Barnes County, North Dakota
Status
Demolished
History
Built 1925; Destroyed 2004
Builders
- James Barney Marsh of North Lake, Wisconsin (Designer)
- Minneapolis Bridge Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Design
Marsh arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 125.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 27, 1997
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.92333, -97.99167   (decimal degrees)
46°55'24" N, 97°59'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/576768/5197137 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Valley City East
Inventory numbers
NRHP 97000170 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
ND 94-930-922 (North Dakota bridge number)
BH 43887 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 11, 2019: HAER photos posted by Luke
  • September 9, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • January 16, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER ND-14 - Rainbow Arch Bridge, Spanning Sheyenne River at Main Street, East, Valley City, Barnes County, ND
  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER ND-14 - Rainbow Arch Bridge, Spanning Sheyenne River at Main Street, East, Valley City, Barnes County, ND

Comments 

Main Street Bridge
Posted September 9, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

It is a shame, but I'm not surprised--Like PennDOT, NDDOT has a lousy track record when it comes to historic bridge preservation.

Main Street Bridge
Posted September 9, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge was demolished. The replacement bridge has arches that are meant to look like the historic bridge. They seem to have done a decent job making it look quite similar to the historic bridge except wider. They certainly did a lot better than what I normally see when an agency says that a replacement bridge will resemble the historic bridge. Despite this however, I cannot support the demolition of such a rare historic bridge.