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Historic Bridges

Knox Avenue Bridge (Bridge L5728)

Knox Avenue Bridge (Bridge L5728)

Knox Avenue Bridge (Bridge L5728)
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History & significance

The Knox Avenue Bridge is a reinforced concrete, cast-in-place slab constructed in 1912.  The former Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad bridge features a concrete parapet with Classical Revival details, including recessed panels and circle medallions centered on each span.  It currently carries Midtown Avenue over Knox Avenue South.  The Knox Avenue Bridge is significant as a contributing resource to the determined-eligible Grand Rounds Historic District.

Rehabilitation Activities

Knox Avenue BridgeIn 2009 Hennepin County Housing, Community Works, and Transit rehabilitated Bridge L5728, with funding from the Federal Highway Administration. Work included spot repair of deteriorated concrete on the bridge piers, abutments, parapet walls, and underside of the bridge slab. Concrete repairs were made using a pre-colored concrete mixture prepared to match the texture, color, and composition of the original. All graffiti was removed from the bridge and a mitigation plan for future graffiti removal established. The bridge was stained in 2011 to better match the original concrete color.

Location

City of Minneapolis (Hennepin County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.95047388, -93.30500857

Bridge features

Knox Avenue Bridge (Bridge L5728)

Concrete construction material, with its smooth finish and indications of formwork, used in keeping with

the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners’
recommendation that bridges use concrete when stone facing was not available.

Knox Avenue Bridge (Bridge L5728)
Classical Revival detailing, including parapets with recessed panels, recessed circle medallions, pilasters between panels, and detailing of pier surfaces.
Knox Avenue Bridge (Bridge L5728)

Pier design and construction with three columns and wide, arched openings between columns, a design element incorporated in the bridge plans.

Knox Avenue Bridge (Bridge L5728)
Curved wingwalls and prominent
coping and endposts.