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BNSF - Mississippi River North Bridge


Distant portal view

See what I mean about not being able to photograph? This is as close as I could get.

Photo taken by Matthew Lohry in May 2010


BH Photo #166588

Street Views 


This bridge is a massive-membered, riveted Warren through truss with deck plate girder approaches. The first bridge at this location was a five-span through truss built in 1884. In 1927, the truss bridge was replaced by a deck plate-girder bridge. In 1963, two deck plate girder spans were removed and replaced by the current Warren through truss span to allow taller river vehicles to navigate upstream. It is nearly impossible to photograph without trespassing or taking to the water, so the photos I have posted here are the only ones I could get. As far as I know, the railroad tracks will be removed, and the bridge is going to be converted to a bicycle & pedestrian bridge as part of Minneapolis' riverfront renovation. This project is still several years in the future.


Warren through truss bridge over Mississippi River on BNSF Railroad
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Open to traffic
Built 1927, Truss Added 1963
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Superstructure)
- Fort Pitt Bridge Works of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Gustaf Widell & Co. of Mankato, Minnesota (Substructure)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Northern Pacific Railway (NP)
2-80' Deck Girder
1-105' Deck Girder
1-190' Warren through truss
1-80' Deck Girder
1-105' Deck Girder
2-80' Deck Girder
Length of largest span: 190.0 ft.
Total length: 820.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.00442, -93.27384   (decimal degrees)
45°00'16" N, 93°16'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/478418/4983477 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Minneapolis North
Inventory number
BH 45419 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added builder
  • April 4, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 7, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 1, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • August 1, 2013: New photo from John Marvig
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • May 1, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 29, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Northern Pacific Railroad"
  • April 29, 2012: New photo from John Marvig
  • January 15, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • May 30, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry

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