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.
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
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

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)