Hennepin Avenue Bridge

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Hennepin Avenue Bridge
Hennepin Avenue Bridge as it appears today.
Coordinates 44°59′07″N 93°15′50″W / 44.98528°N 93.26389°W / 44.98528; -93.26389Coordinates: 44°59′07″N 93°15′50″W / 44.98528°N 93.26389°W / 44.98528; -93.26389
Carries 6 lanes of Hennepin Avenue (CSAH 52)
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale Minneapolis, Minnesota
Maintained by Hennepin County
ID number 27636
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 316 metres (1,037 ft)
Width 41 metres (135 ft)
Longest span 190 metres (620 ft)
Clearance below 11 metres (36 ft)
Designer HNTB Corporation
Opened 1990
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Bridges over the Mississippi in Minneapolis–St. Paul. Hennepin Ave. Bridge is in the top half of the image between Minneapolis BNSF and 3rd Ave. Bridge.

The Hennepin Avenue Bridge is the structure that carries Hennepin County State Aid Highway 52, Hennepin Avenue, across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Nicollet Island. Officially, it is the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge, in honor of the 17th-century explorer Louis Hennepin, who was the first European to see the Saint Anthony Falls, a short distance downriver. Two of the three previous structures have been suspension bridges, while a third—which existed nearly a century—was composed of steel arch spans. The original crossing, which opened as a toll bridge on January 23, 1855, is believed to have been the first permanent span across the Mississippi at any point. Other bridges were completed in 1876, 1891, and most recently 1990. Today, the bridge's main span is 190 metres (620 ft) in length, making it rather small by modern standards.

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  • Costello, Mary Charlotte (2002). Climbing the Mississippi River Bridge by Bridge, Volume Two: Minnesota. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications. ISBN 0-9644518-2-4. 
  • Father Louis Hennepin Bridge page on Highways, Byways, And Bridge Photography johnweeks.com Retrieved 11-12-2012.

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