BNSF Dale Street Bridge

Through Plate Girder Bridge over Dale Street
St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Name BNSF Dale Street Bridge
Built By Northern Pacific Railroad
Contractor Minnesota Highway Department of St. Paul, Minnesota
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 84 Feet Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 15 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Superstructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1936
Traffic Count 90 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
BNSF Bridge Number 3.45
Significance Local Significance
In 1885, the Saint Paul & Northern Pacific Railroad would build a line from Northtown in Minneapolis, to 7th Street in Saint Paul; a distance of 15 miles.
The line served as a connection point, with several lines heading west at Northtown, and connections to Chicago at St. Paul.
The railroad became part of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1896, which had constructed many lines expanding to the west coast.
The railroad continued to serve as a mainline, being double tracked very soon after construction.

By 1970, the NP merged with rival Great Northern, as well as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy to form Burlington Northern.
BN continued to maintain this as a high priority line. By 1996, the BN merged with Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to form BNSF Railway.
BNSF continues to operate this line as the St. Paul Subdivision, and is the busiest section of track in Minnesota.

This bridge is a standard Through Girder span. It likely replaced a similar structure.
Built in 1936, the bridge features a substantial skew. The bridge rests on concrete substructures.
Overall, the the bridge appears to be in good condition.

The author has ranked the bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Northern Pacific Bridge Book, provided by Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association
Contractor Minnesota Highway Department plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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