Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

Bridge L5853

Bridge L5853

Bridge L5753
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History & significance

Bridge L5853 is a three-span, open-spandrel, reinforced concrete, barrel-arch bridge that spans an abandoned, east-west, street railway right-of-way located in Como Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota. The bridge was designed and constructed by the William S. Hewett & Company of Minneapolis in 1904 along with Bridge 92247. It features Classical Revival-inspired architectural details, and is significant as one of the oldest documented extant reinforced-concrete arch bridge in the state. It is also significant for utilizing the patented Melan concrete reinforcing system and as the work of noted Minneapolis bridge builder, William S. Hewett.

Rehabilitation Activities

Bridge L5853 during reconstruction
Photo courtesy of Saint Paul Parks Department

After decades of being closed due to the lack of railings above and falling concrete below, the City of St. Paul received federal funding to restore the Como Park Street Car Pedestrian bridge and reopen the trail below. The extensive rehabilitation project included removing unsound concrete, reforming new concrete to restore the shape and details of the original bridge, placement of a waterproof membrane below the deck to protect the arch from water damage, installation of a new deck that recreates the scoring pattern of the original deck, and custom-made decorative railing to match the originals. The restored bridge now provides a safe and sound pedestrian crossing above and trail amenity below, and restores one of the icon, early 20th century features of Como Park.

Location

City of Saint Paul (Ramsey County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.978453, -93.146137

Bridge features

Bridge L5736

Design and construction of a Melan reinforced concrete arch bridge.

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Classical Revival architectural style and detailing, visible in the end posts, angular nature of the deck, and primarily found in the balustrade.
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Setting of the bridge, located next to a street railway station and over an original street railway grade, reflecting its original function as street railway bridge.