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Historic Bridges

Cappelen Memorial Bridge (Bridge 2441)

Cappelen Memorial Bridge (Bridge 2441)

Cappelen Memorial Bridge
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History & significance

The Cappelen Memorial Bridge is a continuous, steel-reinforced, concrete open-spandrel arch bridge built in 1923. It carries Franklin Avenue over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The bridge design and construction was supervised by two prominent Norwegian-American engineers: Frederick William Cappelen and Kristoffer Olsen Oustad. The Cappelen Memorial Bridge is nationally significant as one of the Twin Cities’ renowned concrete arch bridges of the 1920s. At the time of construction, it was the longest concrete arch in the world. It is also a contributing resource to the Grand Rounds Historic District.

Location

City of Minneapolis (Hennepin County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.96380642, -93.22279635

Bridge features

Cappelen Memorial Bridge

Design and construction of a Melan-form open spandrel bridge with a 400-foot reinforced-concrete arch, which was the longest concrete arch in the world at the time of construction.

Cappelen Memorial Bridge
Setting within the grand Rounds Historic District.