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Historic Bridges

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass (Bridge 5265)

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass (Bridge 5265)

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass

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History and significance

The Garrison Pedestrian Underpass was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of an extensive wayside development project in the vicinity of Mille Lacs Lake. It carried vehicular traffic on U.S. Highway 169 over a small creek along the lake at the south edge of Garrison in Crow Wing County. It also facilitated pedestrian traffic beneath the highway and adjacent lakeshore. The structure is a corrugated-metal, multi-plate, arch culvert with stone masonry headwalls, wingwalls, sidewalls, and railing, and a two-cell masonry culvert beneath the concrete-slab floor of the pedestrian underpass. The corrugated-metal arch is comprised of bolted segments, anchored in place by concrete abutment walls. The stone masonry is random-coursed, rock-faced, ashlar granite. Aesthetically, it is one of Minnesota's best examples of a multi-plate arch bridge. It is significant for its well-crafted stonework and fine architectural detailing.

Rehabilitation activities

Completed in 2019, the stone masonry was repaired and the deteriorated metal multi-plate arch was repaired and reinforced with replacement steel. A new concrete bridge deck and inner traffic rail were added.


City of Garrison (Crow Wing County)
Latitude, Longitude: 46.28743262, -93.82362763

Bridge features

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass

The two-level design allowed the stream to flow while serving as a pedestrian underpass (subsequent raised lake level has concealed the lower culvert).

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass

Rustic style architectural treatment seen in the stone masonry veneer.