Westminster Street Trail Bridge

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

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Name Westminster Street Trail Bridge
Built By Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway
Contractor Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company of Milwaukee
Currently Owned By Minnesota DNR
Length 210 Feet Total, 95 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 11 Feet 6 Inches
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder and Trestle
Substructure Type Steel Tower and Timber Pile
Date Built 1919
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
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 standard through girder bridge crosses Westminster Street in St. Paul.
Built in 1919, the bridge features a large through girder main span. In addition, it is approached by trestle spans on either side. The bridge runs at a heavy skew and sits on timber substructures. In addition to the timber substructures, the main piers of the bridge are steel.
Unique to this bridge, the piers are more of an L shape than a traditional shape. Overall, the bridge appears to remain in fair condition. Some deterioration was noted, and truck strikes have damaged the floor.

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


Source Type


Build Date Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Works plaque
Contractor Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Works plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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