CP Lynn Avenue Bridge

Concrete Slab Bridge over Lynn Avenue
Savage, Scott County, Minnesota

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Name CP Lynn Avenue Bridge
Built By Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Canadian Pacific Railway
Length 61 Feet Total, 16 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 11 Feet 6 Inches
Superstructure Type Concrete Slab
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1926
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Closed)
Current Status Closed to All Traffic
Significance Local Significance
In 1910, the Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company built a 37 mile route between Northfield and 44th Street in Minneapolis.
A second route would be constructed in 1915, connecting Auto Club Junction (along the Minnesota River) to West Minneapolis.
These two routes became a part of the Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern Railway in 1918.
The MNS was a small local freight hauler in the Minneapolis area. It served independently until 1982, when it was purchased by the Soo Line.
In 1984, Canadian Pacific Railway gained complete control of the Soo Line. Unfortunately for this route, the major connections of the Milwaukee Road, Chicago & North Western, Rock Island and Chicago Great Western all sold or removed their area trackage.

Currently, Canadian Pacific owns the route between West Minneapolis and Lakeville, although Savage to Lakeville does not operate. The bridge across the Minnesota River is owned by the Twin Cities & Western Railroad, and Progressive Rail owns the tracks between Lakeville and Northfield.

This standard concrete slab bridge crosses over Lynn Avenue in Savage.
Built in 1926, the bridge features four concrete slab spans. These rest on concrete substructures.
Overall, the bridge remains in good condition.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from the road it crosses.


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Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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