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Historic Bridges

Stewart Creek Bridge (Bridge L6007)

Stewart Creek Bridge (Bridge L6007)

Stewart Creek Bridge
See features of the bridge

History & significance

The Stewart Creek Bridge was constructed c.1925. It is a single-span, stone-arch highway bridge built of locally quarried gabbro rock, an abundant, commonly used building material in the Duluth area. It carries an unpaved section of the Bardon’s Peak segment of Skyline Parkway over Stewart Creek, which lies below in a ravine. Bridge L6007 is historically significant for its highly picturesque setting and design of a stone-arch highway bridge.

 

Rehabilitation activities

Stewart Creek BridgeThe City of Duluth rehabilitated this structure in 2012-2013, along with the adjacent Snively Memorial. Rehabilitation of the bridge included re-pointing masonry joints on the spandrel walls, wingwalls, railing, abutments, and arch underside. The wingwall and railing were also reconstructed. The sawtooth stones on the railing were removed, reset, and replaced in-kind where needed. The arch was excavated; weeps, a waterproofing membrane, and drainage system were installed; and the backfill was replaced with clean fill. Riprap was placed at the abutments, the bridge deck was resurfaced (with aggregate), and the approaches were re-graded.

Location

City of Duluth (St. Louis County)
Latitude, Longitude: 46.70359827, -92.22806500

Bridge features

Stewart Creek Bridge

Overall aesthetic of the stone arch park-bridge utilizing native gabbro stone material for the structural arch, abutments, headwalls, wingwalls, railings, and roadway curbing.

Stewart Creek Bridge
Approach guard stones extending along the bridge
approaches and a typical feature along the Skyline Parkway.
Stewart Creek Bridge

The bridge is located over the deep ravine of Stewart Creek along the wooded, secluded, winding Bardon’s Peak segment of the Skyline Parkway.