CP Waterworks Road Bridge (St. Paul)

Modern Through Plate Girder bridge over Waterworks Road
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Name CP Waterworks Road Bridge (St. Paul)
Built By Canadian Pacific Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Canadian Pacific Railway
Length 50 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet 3 Inches
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 2004
Traffic Count 1 Train/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
Significance No 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 modern through girder bridge crosses Waterworks Road in Saint Paul, serving a Canadian Pacific spur.
Built in 2004, the bridge consists of a single through girder span, set onto concrete abutments. The bridge replaced a concrete stringer bridge built in 1921.
Overall, it appears that this bridge remains in near mint condition.

The author has ranked this bridge as having no significance, due to the common design and modern age.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


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

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