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minneapolis bridge

A panoramic view of the 3rd Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, MN that crosses the Mississippi River and connects downtown's 3rd Ave with Central Ave that comes in from the North. This bridge is often called the 'Central Avenue Bridge' depending on the direction your heading.


More than you probably want to know:

The 3rd Avenue Bridge is located just upstream from the more famous Stone Arch pedestrian bridge and infamous 35W bridge that tragically collapsed in 2007. This one was built across the Mississippi River in 1918 just above Saint Anthony Falls. Because the underwater bedrock was eroded around the falls area, the bridge was constructed with a unique reverse 'S' shape that curves around those unstable formations. It was made with reinforced concrete and was designed for visual appeal using opened ended arches called 'spandrels'. Together the shape, arch design and material makes the 3rd Avenue Bridge the longest reverse S-curved, open spandrel bridge made from reinforced concrete in the world - sweet!

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Taken on August 19, 2012