Gateway Trail I-35E Bridge

Lost Deck Plate Girder Bridge over I-35E
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Name Gateway Trail I-35E Bridge
Built By Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway
Contractor Unknown
Previously Owned By Ramsey County
Length 255 Feet Total, 75 Foot Main Span
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1960
Date Removed 2014
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge Has Been Removed)
Current Status Demolished
Significance Local 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 four span deck girder bridge was one of the original crossings of I-35E.
The bridge was converted to a trail, which it served until it was removed in 2014. It was not replaced by a new structure.
In the spring of 2014, the bridge was removed to make way for I-35E to be widened. The substructures were concrete.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the older age but common design.
The photo above is an overview, looking towards Saint Paul at time of demolition.


Source Type


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

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