C&NW MN-101 Bridge

Lost I-Beam Bridge over MN-101
Chanhassen, Carver County, Minnesota

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Name C&NW MN-101 Bridge
Built By Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Nobody (Bridge is Removed)
Length 21 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 14 Feet
Superstructure Type I-Beam
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1902
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Removed)
Current Status Removed
Date Removed May 1992
M&StL Bridge Number 12
Significance Local Significance
A brief history of the Minneapolis & St. Louis mainline from Minneapolis to Mason City:


One of the most dangerous roads in Chanhassen used to be crossed by this narrow one lane bridge.
Once a major north/south route in the west metro, Minnesota Highway 101 has largely been reverted to county ownership. 101 began in Shakopee, and ended in Rogers.
When this bridge still existed, the structure created a one lane choke on the road below. Notoriously dangerous to locals, the bridge was removed in 1992.
Since its removal, the road has become a major arterial route.
The bridge that once stood here was a standard I-Beam structure, resting on concrete abutments. It consisted of a ballasted deck.
In 2020, Highway 101 was reconstructed, erasing the last traces of this bridge. A new pedestrian bridge was installed at this location. Unfortunately, this new bridge was a pre-fabricated design, instead of reusing a historic truss from elsewhere.

The author would have ranked this bridge as being locally significant if it still existed, due to the common design.
John Hill donated a couple photos of the bridge in 1977, and one is seen above.


Source Type


Build Date ICC Valuation Summary Report, courtesy Doug Harding collection
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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