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Merriam Bridge (Bridge 27664)

Merriam Bridge (Bridge 27664)

Merriam Bridge
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History & significance

The Merriam Bridge is a three-span, steel-girder bridge that carries Merriam Street across the east channel of the Mississippi River between Nicollet Island and the bank of the river in Minneapolis. The bridge incorporates one of the original Pratt through truss spans from the Broadway Bridge, which was demolished and replaced in 1987. The truss is an aesthetic feature of the bridge, and therefore does not carry vehicle or pedestrian live loads.

The Merriam Bridge is significant as a rare extant example of a wrought-iron Pratt through truss and for its important role in the development of North Minneapolis. It is a noncontributing resource to the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, in which the bridge is located.

Location

City of Minneapolis (Hennepin County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.98588370, -93.25943508

Bridge features

Merriam Bridge

Design and construction of a wrought-iron, Pratt through truss, as reused and incorporated into a steel-girder bridge.

Merriam Bridge
Ornamental features, including lacing and lattice detailing, finials, cresting atop the portal bracing, and decorative bridge plate.
Merriam Bridge
Use of wrought iron members in truss construction.