CP Arlington Avenue Bridge (St. Paul)

I-Beam Bridge over Arlington Avenue
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Name CP Arlington Avenue Bridge (St. Paul)
Built By Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Canadian Pacific Railway
Length 114 Feet Total, 35 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 15 Feet 6 Inches
Superstructure Type I-Beam and Trestle
Substructure Type Timber Pile
Date Built 1953
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Week (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
Significance Minimal Significance
In 1884, the Wisconsin Central Railway built a route heading east of St. Paul towards Wisconsin.
An additional route was built in 1888 by the Wisconsin Central, connecting to the junction of the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway in Minneapolis.
A spur to the St. Paul Union Depot from Little Canada was constructed in 1906. The Wisconsin Central remained independent until 1961, when it formally merged with the MStP&StM to form the Soo Line.

In 1982, the Soo Line abandoned a portion between St. Paul and Oakdale. This segment has largely become the Gateway State Trail.
In 1985, the Soo Line was purchased by Canadian Pacific. The Minneapolis-Stillwater portion was sold to Wisconsin Central Ltd, and became Canadian National in 2001.

This standard I-Beam bridge crosses Arlington Avenue near Rice Street.
Built in 1953, the bridge consists of a single I-Beam span, set onto timber piles. The bridge is approached by trestle spans.
Structures like this are incredibly common along railroads, due to their ability to be cheap to construct.
Overall, it appears that this bridge remains in good condition.

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


Source Type


Build Date 2012 National Bridge Inventory
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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