While the truss section dates from 1887, the piers and the approach spans for the Merriam Street Bridge are new construction. Due to concerns about the bridge structure, it was built on top of a set of steel girders. As a result, the truss no longer supports the main bridge span. Finally, the steel grate deck was removed and replaced with a concrete deck. Wooden walkways were built on the outside of the truss on each side of the bridge.
The bridge rebuilding work was very tastefully done. The bridge has the appearance of a 100 year old bridge, yet is built like a modern bridge. It looks very natural sitting at that location, like it was built to be there from the very start. This project is a very innovative reuse of an old bridge span.
The photo above is a view from the northeast corner of the bridge near Main Street, looking southwest across the east river channel towards Nicollet Island. The photo below is looking at the south bridge portal, looking across the bridge towards Saint Anthony Main.