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Historic Bridges

Queen Avenue Bridge (Bridge L9329)

Queen Avenue Bridge (Bridge L9329)

Queen Avenue Bridge
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History & significance

The Queen Avenue Bridge is a single-span, concrete arch bridge constructed in 1905 to carry two lanes of vehicular traffic on Queen Avenue over the Como-Harriet Streetcar line. The structural arch and its headwalls/wingwalls are comprised of cast-in-place reinforced concrete. The Minneapolis Street Railway Company constructed the Queen Avenue Bridge to replace an inadequate wooden bridge at the same location for the Minneapolis Park Board in 1905. The bridge is historically significant as an early example of a reinforced concrete arch bridge in Minnesota. Additionally, it is a contributing resource to the Grand Rounds Historic District.

Location

City of Minneapolis (Hennepin County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.92449084, -93.31133046

Bridge features

Queen Avenue Bridge

Design and construction of the reinforced-concrete arch. This feature includes the overall reinforced-concrete, closed-spandrel arch design with concrete buttresses (most of which are embedded in retaining walls and not visible).

Queen Avenue Bridge
Architectural design and treatment. The concrete headwalls, railing, and buttresses are designed in the Classical Revival architectural style, defined by the paneled abutment pilasters and arch ring, inset panels on the spandrel and abutment walls, and classical curve to the buttress tops.
Queen Avenue Bridge

Urban park setting. The bridge is located in the Grand Rounds Historic District.