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Anoka-Champlin Bridge


Side view of arches

Photo taken by Matthew Lohry in April 2010


BH Photo #161738

Street Views 


There are many open-spandrel concrete arch bridges crossing the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area, and this is the smallest. It is also arguably the most beautiful and ornate out of all of them. The bridge was restored (narrowly escaping demolition) and its deck was widened from two to four lanes. The detailing in the concrete features from the reproduction railings (which look amazingly identical to the originals) to the floor beams to the details on the concrete verticals between the arches add a nice touch of artistry and visual appeal to this historic structure. Even though the deck was widened, it looks like it very well could have been part of the original configuration. The photos do not do this bridge justice, as it really needs to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. This bridge's demolition had been planned prior to its restoration, but thank God the powers that be came to their senses. As a side note, a gangly and tall thin-membered Camelback through truss was replaced by this bridge.


Reinforced concrete ribbed open-spandrel arch bridge over Mississippi River on US 169 in Anoka
Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota, and Hennepin County, Minnesota
Open to traffic
Built 1929, rehabilitated and widened in 1990
- Minneapolis Bridge Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Length of largest span: 107.9 ft.
Total length: 995.1 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.19039, -93.39611   (decimal degrees)
45°11'25" N, 93°23'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/468883/5004176 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
MN 4380 (Minnesota bridge number)
NRHP 79001181 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 20300 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 30, 2021: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the information per info from one of the followers of BHC
  • August 26, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 7, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 4, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 19, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • April 25, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated design type
  • April 13, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Descriptive essay added
  • April 10, 2010: New photos from Matthew Lohry

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Anoka-Champlin Bridge
Posted November 9, 2019, by JUSTIN PAONE (paonejustin [at] gmail [dot] com)

this bridge was replaced in the 90's but it was rebuilt to be the same as far as I know. I remember driving over the temporary bridge put up next to it.