Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

Bridge L8882

Bridge L8882

Bridge L8882

See features of the bridge

History & significance

Bridge L8882, built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), carries East 50th Street generally east-west over Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis. It is located within the Minnehaha Parkway, a regional recreational trail that is a contributing resource to the Grand Rounds Historic District.

The 32-foot-long bridge is a significant combination of modern engineering with a rustic aesthetic treatment. The underlying design is a concrete rigid-frame structure, an advanced engineering approach in the 1930s. It is designed to resemble a stone-arch bridge, in keeping with the more rustic appearance typical of many WPA bridges. The original stone railings were replaced in 1987 by the current stucco posts and metal pipe rails.

Location

City of Minneapolis (Hennepin County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.912388, -93.269691

Bridge features

Bridge L8882

Under deck view of the rigid-frame design and engineering.

Bridge L8882

View of the rustic style aesthetic treatment with stone masonry veneer; railing posts are replacements.

Bridge L8882

Bridge location along Minnehaha Parkway.