High Bridge (St. Paul)

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Smith Avenue High Bridge
Picture of the High Bridge in early spring, 2006, with downtown St. Paul in the background.
Carries Two lanes of MN 149
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale St. Paul, Minnesota
Maintained by Minnesota Department of Transportation
ID number 62090
Design Inverted arch and two half-arches for the main span; eight plate girder spans on the north side
Total length 2760 feet
Width 54 feet
Longest span 520 feet
Clearance below 149 feet
Opened July 1987
Coordinates 44°56′00″N 93°06′16″W / 44.93333°N 93.10444°W / 44.93333; -93.10444Coordinates: 44°56′00″N 93°06′16″W / 44.93333°N 93.10444°W / 44.93333; -93.10444

The High Bridge is a bridge that carries Minnesota State Highway 149 over the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota. The bridge is a two-lane street setup over the river. The original bridge, built in 1889, was damaged by a storm in 1904. The southernmost five spans were rebuilt. Due to deterioration over the years, the old bridge was demolished in 1985. A new bridge was built and opened in 1987 at a cost of $20 million. The ornamental ironwork on the new bridge was built using iron from the old bridge.

The High Bridge has a height of 160 feet, making it the highest bridge in St. Paul.

In February 2008, City Pages, a weekly publication in the Twin Cities, published a feature about the long history of suicide at the bridge. The article included testimony of a survivor who leapt from the bridge.[1]


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  1. ^ St. Paul's High Bridge: Suicide Hot Spot - City Pages (Minneapolis/St. Paul)