Northern Pacific-BNSF Minneapolis Rail Bridge
Northern Pacific-BNSF Minneapolis Rail Bridge Carries Two tracks of the BNSF Railway Crosses Mississippi River Locale Minneapolis, Minnesota Maintained by BNSF Railway ID number 12.1 Design Seven plate girder spans and one through-truss span Total length 821 feet (250 m) Width Two tracks Longest span 192 feet (59 m) Clearance below 27 feet (8.2 m) Opened 1884 Bridges over the Mississippi in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
N. Pacific-BNSF Minneapolis Bridge is in the middle of this image between the bridges on Lowry and Broadway Avenues
It was built in 1884 by the Northern Pacific Railway. The bridge was originally built in 1884 with five through-trusses. In 1927, it was renovated with nine plate-girder spans. In 1963, to provide upstream river navigation, two girder spans and three regular piers were removed to make room for a Warren truss span over the main channel, set on two heavier piers. This work took almost two years.
The bridge was originally built to provide access to Northern Pacific's yards just north of downtown Minneapolis. Today,[when?] the yards are mostly gone, but there are still some industrial areas serviced by rail on the west bank of the Mississippi.
- Costello, Mary Charlotte (2002). Climbing the Mississippi River Bridge by Bridge, Volume Two: Minnesota. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications. ISBN 0-9644518-2-4.
- Hofsommer, Don L. (2005). Minneapolis and the Age of Railways. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0-8166-4501-9.
Bridges of the Mississippi River
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