Cedar Avenue Bridge (Minnesota River)

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Cedar Avenue Bridge
MNHighway77bridge.jpg
A picture of the Cedar Avenue Bridge taken in early spring, 2006. This view is taken from the south end of the bridge looking northward.
Coordinates44°49′38″N 93°13′53″W / 44.827340°N 93.231320°W / 44.827340; -93.231320Coordinates: 44°49′38″N 93°13′53″W / 44.827340°N 93.231320°W / 44.827340; -93.231320
Carries6 lanes of MN 77
CrossesMinnesota River
LocaleBloomington, Minnesota - Eagan, Minnesota, U.S.
Maintained byMinnesota Department of Transportation
History
Opened1979

The Cedar Avenue Bridge carries Minnesota State Highway 77 across the Minnesota River between the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs of Bloomington and Eagan, Minnesota. The two parallel crossings for northbound and southbound lanes are respectively 5,159 feet (1,572 m) and 5,185 feet (1,580 m) in length. It was built in 1979, superseding an older swing bridge by the same name that was composed of low-lying truss segments. The modern bridge has three lanes in each direction, in addition to a shoulder which is often used by buses to get past traffic slowdowns.[1]

Old bridge[edit]

Long Meadow Bridge
Long Meadow Bridge January 2014.jpg
The Long Meadow/Old Cedar Avenue Bridge in January 2014
LocationBloomington
Built1920
NRHP reference #13000324
Added to NRHP5/28/2013

The original Old Cedar Avenue Bridge, also known as the Long Meadow Bridge, was built in 1890. The bridge that stands now was built in 1920 and carried automobile traffic into the 1990s.[2] Back when the old structure was the main crossing, heavy traffic delays would occur because of the bridge's small size and the need to operate the swing segment to let boat traffic pass.[1]

The narrow span continued operation as a bicycle trail until 2002 when it was deemed too unsafe. In 2008, $2 million in state funding was approved to reopen the bridge to bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2013, the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and the restored bridge opened to the public on October 14, 2016.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weeks III, John A. "Cedar Avenue Bridge". Retrieved 2006-03-21.
  2. ^ Smetanka, Mary Jane (May 1, 2010). "Old Cedar Avenue Bridge getting renewed life". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Archived from the original on 2010-05-06. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Otarola, Miguel (October 14, 2016). "Old Cedar Avenue Bridge reopens after 14 years". Retrieved February 21, 2018.