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Phalen Park Bridge



Photo taken by Matthew Lohry in April 2010


BH Photo #169439


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Concrete arch bridge on a pedestrian trail in Phalen Park
Maplewood, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1911, rehabilitated in 1934, and 2011
- Claude Allen Porter Turner of Lincoln, Rhode Island
Concrete open spandrel arch bridge converted to closed spandrel arch with stone facade in 1934. Contains one 18.5 concrete slab span at each end.
Length of largest span: 55.0 ft.
Total length: 124.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.99122, -93.06098   (decimal degrees)
44°59'28" N, 93°03'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/495193/4981977 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul East
Inventory numbers
MN L8560 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20559 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: GPS fix
  • January 18, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder, construction and alteration history, historical photo etc.
  • July 9, 2010: New photos from Matthew Lohry



Phalen Park Bridge
Posted June 28, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

To follow up on my previous post, I found a scope of work listed on Olson and Nesvold Engineers website that states that the recent project was a rehabilitation however goes on to say that

"The bridge will receive a new concrete deck, railings that meet modern safety requirements, a new limestone facade and also a set of precast arch liner panels for supplemental structural integrity and safety for the canoeists."

This confirms that if any original material from either the concrete bridge or the stone facade, it is completely concealed within modern materials. Everything you see on this bridge is 100% modern.

Its an outstanding replication of the original limestone facade, and for that reason it does have interpretive value, and it continues to convey the same aesthetic appearance, but I find it hard pressed to call this an example of rehabilitation.

Phalen Park Bridge
Posted June 6, 2013, by Nathan Holth

For the second time in its history, this bridge has been SEVERELY altered. The first time in 1934 was when its open spandrel design was destroyed in favor of a stone facade. Now, a project has been completed that has completely destroyed this bridge's concrete heritage. The entire intrados of the bridge has been covered by what looked to me like ConSPAN structures. As a result of this and the 1934 alteration, this bridge which was originally a concrete bridge by C.A.P. Turner today displays absolutely no evidence of that part of its construction.