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Historic Bridges

Coffee Street Bridge (Bridge 7965)

Coffee Street Bridge (Bridge 7965)

Coffee Street Bridge

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History and significance

Bridge 7965, also commonly called the Coffee Street Bridge or the Iron Wagon Bridge, is a single-span, steel, pin-connected, Pratt through truss with a steel-stringer approach span located in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Constructed by the Chicago Bridge Company in 1893 as a vehicular bridge, the bridge now carries pedestrian and bicycle traffic over the Root River.  The bridge is owned by the City of Lanesboro.  Bridge 7965 is significant as a representative example of an early steel truss bridge in the Minnesota. 

Rehabilitation activities

Coffee Street BridgeIn 2002 the City of Lanesboro rehabilitated the Coffee Street Bridge, converting it from vehicular to pedestrian use.  Additional rehabilitation work included installing a new wood deck to replace the non-historic concrete deck that was in place, reconstruction of the northeast approach span, stabilization of the stone abutments, repainting the structure, and replacing the original rail with a new steel railing.  Decorative lighting was installed at either end of the structure. 



City of Lanesboro (Fillmore County)
Latitude, Longitude: 43.721802, -91.978499

Bridge features

Coffee Street Bridge

Design and construction of a single span, steel, pin-connected Pratt through truss, including original bridge builder's plates.

Coffee Street Bridge

Steel truss members and materials. Constructed in 1893, this bridge is the first extant example in the state to use steel construction materials.