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Rehabilitation projects

Dodd Ford Bridge (Bridge 1461)

The Dodd Ford Bridge was rehabilitated, and reopened to traffic the summer 2016. Since the original abutments were in poor condition, the truss, or metal, portion of the bridge was lifted off the original abutments and placed on temporary supports while the contractor rebuilt new abutments. New I-beams were placed on the new abutments and the historic truss was placed on top. The new supports will help the over 100 year old bridge carry modern traffic loads, while maintaining its historic character.

Watch a celebration held to mark the reopening of the Dodd Ford Bridge (YouTube).

Dodd Ford Bridge (Bridge 1461)

Original abutments

Dodd Ford Bridge (Bridge 1461)
Bridge being lifted off original abutments.
Dodd Ford Bridge (Bridge 1461)
Bridge being placed on temporary supports.

Bridge L5853

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.

Bridge L5853 during rehabiliation

During rehabilitation.
Photo courtesy of Saint Paul Parks Department

Bridge L5853 after rehabiliation
After rehabilitation.

Roosevelt Bridge (Bridge 5368)

Mower County rehabilitated the Roosevelt Bridge in Austin between 2011 and 2014. Built in 1934, the bridge is significant for its aesthetic qualities as reflected in the stone masonry work and for it association with the Civil Works Administration, a short-lived New Deal federal relief agency.

Roosevelt Bridge

During rehabilitation.

Roosevelt Bridge
After rehabilitation.

Ramsey Park Swayback Bridge (Bridge 89859)

Redwood County rehabilitated the Ramsey Park Swayback Bridge. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held June 14, 2014 with the bridge demonstrating what it was designed to do – allow the flood waters of the Redwood River to overtop it. Read more about the project or watch a video produced locally with the assistance of the Minnesota Historical Society and the FEMA Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation team.

Ramsey Park Swayback Bridge

During rehabilitation.

Ramsey Park Swayback Bridge
Opening bridge dedication.

Gateway Trail Iron Bridge (Bridge 82524)

In the summer of 2011, MnDOT installed the historic Silverdale Bridge as part of the DNR Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail. The bridge is now known as the Gateway Trail Iron Bridge over Manning Avenue. The Gateway Trail Iron Bridge is a wrought iron truss bridge constructed in 1873 across Main Street in Sauk Center. In 1937, the bridge was dismantled and moved to Minnesota Highway 65 in Koochiching County. A new bridge was needed to accommodate heavy logging trucks and modern traffic, so in 2009 the historic bridge was dismantled and stored. Built during the days of the horse and buggy, the bridge will again serve horses, along with pedestrian and bicyclists. Watch videos about the preservation process (YouTube).

Gateway Trail Iron Bridge

Original home in Sauk Centre

Gateway Trail Iron Bridge
In 1937 the bridge was moved from Sauk Centre to
Koochiching County and was known as the
Silverdale Bridge.
Gateway Trail Iron Bridge
In 2011 the bridge was moved from Koochiching
County and placed in Washington County.
Gateway Trail Iron Bridge
Gateway Iron Trail Bridge, after rehabilitation.

Holmes Street Bridge (Bridge 4175)

Between 2010 and 2011, the Holmes Street Bridge, west of Minnesota Highway 101 in Shakopee, was reconstructed from a highway bridge to a bicycle/pedestrian bridge. During the development of the Minnesota Highway 101 bypass in the late 1980s, the local community and preservationist requested that the historic Holmes Street Bridge be maintained and serve as a pedestrian crossing; therefore, no pedestrian amenities were put on the new Minnesota Highway 101 bridge. The bridge is one of the only existing highway deck truss bridge in the state, and also features Neo-Classical Revival details in its railing, concrete parapets, and staircases.

Holmes Street Bridge

Before rehabilitation.

Holmes Street Bridge
Before rehabilitation.
Holmes Street Bridge
After rehabilitation.

Lester River Bridge (Bridge 5772)

MnDOT rehabilitated the lake side portion of the Lester River Bridge following the partial destruction of the bridge’s railing in 2005. Between June and September, 2010, the upstream portion was completed with funding from the federal enhancement program. Restoration of the bridge included updating the railing to meet modern safety standards while maintaining the bridge’s historic appearance. The bridge has zinc anodes embedded on the top and underside of arch to stop the chemical corrosion cycle for an extended period of time, helping to ensure the historic bridge will be able to serve the driving public for many decades to come. It received an Award of Merit (PDF, 135 KB) in the transportation category in the ICRI 2011 project awards program.

Lester River Bridge

Destroyed railing.

Lester River Bridge
After rehabilitation.

Pedestrian Bridge at entrance of Lake Louise State Park (Bridge R0529)

The state’s only existing Warren pony truss bridge was restored and placed on its new home at the entrance into Lake Louise State Park. In 2008, the 1935 bridge was removed from its original location on Minnesota Highway 24 over the North Fork of the Crow River in Meeker County, Minnesota, because it did not have adequate capacity to continue use as a vehicular bridge. The DNR using the bridge for light vehicular traffic and pedestrian/bicycle traffic.

Bridge R0529

Before rehabilitation.

Bridge R0529
After rehabilitation.