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Lac Qui Parle Bridge (Bridge 5380)

Lac Qui Parle Bridge (Bridge 5380)

Lac Qui Parle Bridge
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History & significance

The Lac Qui Parle Bridge (Bridge 5380) carries State Highway 40 over a widening in the Minnesota River known as Lac Qui Parle Lake about 3 miles southwest of Milan in northwestern Chippewa County. The lake is the result of a water conservation and flood control project initiated in the mid-1930s by the Works Progress Administration, under the sponsorship of the Minnesota Department of Conservation. The project created a 40-mile-long reservoir on the Minnesota River by building three dams, control works, and a diversion channel. The undertaking also required the construction of new roads and bridges, including the Lac Qui Parle Bridge.

Completed in 1938, the bridge is a single-span, riveted steel, Parker through truss with concrete slab approach spans. The bridge has poured concrete abutments with somewhat stylized classically inspired detailing, such as entablature-like molding, railing piers with recessed panels, and curving corbel-like forms that support the bridge approaches. Cantilevered sidewalks were incorporated into the design due to the bridge’s location near a popular fishing spot on the lake. The causeway at each end of the bridge is protected by large areas of well-crafted, mortared, hand-fit granite riprap. The bridge is significant as a contributing resource to the Lac Qui Parle Flood Control Historic District.

Location

Kragero Township (Chippewa County)
Latitude, Longitude: 45.09752698, -95.98043035

Bridge features

Lac Qui Parle Bridge

Parker truss design and construction.

Lac Qui Parle Bridge
Cantilevered sidewalks supported on brackets that
accommodate recreational use.
Lac Qui Parle Bridge
Classically inspired architectural detailing on railings and abutments.
Lac Qui Parle Bridge
Works Progress Administration hand-crafted, stone masonry riprap around abutments.