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Bloomington Ferry Bridge

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Bloomington Ferry Bridge

The Minneapolis Star: July 27 1974

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BH Photo #455097

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren through truss swing-bridge over Minnesota River
Location
Bloomington, Scott County, Minnesota, and Hennepin County, Minnesota
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Design
Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.79860, -93.38760   (decimal degrees)
44°47'55" N, 93°23'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/469344/4960650 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 86510 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 25, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • August 25, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 28, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Michigan, from what I've seen, is the same way.

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

In Indiana if the substructure is reused then the older date will still usually show in the NBI data. As to the validity of that I guess that is open to individual opinion. I wouldn't care about older concrete abutments and piers, but always enjoy seeing a nice cut stone foundation.

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 28, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Mike, I changed the lost date to 1977. Thank you for your input.

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 27, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'd make the argument that 1977 was its original replacement date rather than 1995, in that basically only the piers remained from the original. That's not nearly enough to call it the same bridge, repaired. Maybe a better visual example of this is a direct comparison of pictures 7 and 8.

Also, despite appearing on the 1992 NBI as being built in 1889 and repaired in 1977, it's listed as a steel stringer rather than a truss. (The road just says Highway, but the only one that could possibly fit as crossing the Minnesota River at a county line with those years has to be the temporary replacement span.)

Rule of thumb, as I've come to learn on these: When the bridge type changes even if the build year does not, it's a replacement.

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 27, 2019, by Douglas Butler (dbutler19721992 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Melissa

Anytime

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 27, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Doug, thank you for the finishing touch to this entry!

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 27, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

John, it means a lot to me that you enjoyed the photos. Thank you very much!

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 27, 2019, by John Marvig

Thanks for finding these pictures, Melissa! I grew up in this area, and never knew what it had looked like. I’m shocked it lasted that long, especially considering the major freeway the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge carries. Too bad it was demolished, it would’ve made an excellent part of the trail.

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 26, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, so what's your point anon?

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 26, 2019, by Anonymous

The author of the Movable Bridge Engineering Book has already document the Bloomington Bridge on Appendix back in 2003!

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 26, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Tony !

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 25, 2019, by Jake Lennington (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember going over the replacement bridge in the 1980s on the way to Valleyfair. I think I was a 10 at the time, but traffic in that area was awful.-

Bloomington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 25, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another great add Melissa!

Usually the Historical (Or Hysterical as I often dub them) Societies don't attempt to make a stand where an historic bridge is concerned. In this case they did but apparently no one else listened. It's just sad that a beautiful bridge that could have been rehabbed for less than the $540K it cost to build what is now an over-priced pedestrian bridge.