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Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Street Crossing
Minnetonka, MN

Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge

• Structure ID: ???.
• Location: River Mile 18.1.
• River Elevation: 913 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Prestressed Concrete Girder.
• Length: 54 Feet (Estimated).
• Width: 36 Feet (Estimated).
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1978.
Saint Albans Mill Road provides access from Cedar Lake Road to the Saint Albans Mill Condominium project and the Saint Albans Hollow subdivision. The bridge crosses the Minnehaha Creek very near to its northernmost point. While this bridge appears to be a public street, I wasn't able to find it listed in the National Bridge Inventory.

The Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge is named after the Saint Albans Mill, which was located along the creek very near the present-day location of the bridge. The mill was built in 1874. The millpond behind the mill dam fouled the operation of the Minnetonka Mills located upstream. The owners of the Minnetonka Mills complained repeatedly. Finally, in 1881, they purchased the Saint Albans Mill and dismantled it.

The photo above is looking north down the length of the bridge deck. Cedar Lake Road is just beyond the slight curve in the road. In fact, the stop sign at Cedar Lake Road is visible through the trees just above the bridge railing on the right side of the photo.


Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge
These two photos are looking north along the outside of the bridge railings on each side of the Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge. The photo above is the upstream west face of the bridge, while the photo below is the downstream east face of the structure. Note that utility cables are attached to both sides of the bridge.

Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge
Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge
These two photos are views of the upstream west side of the bridge during the a late afternoon in the autumn of 2009. The photo above is looking south across the creek bed, while the photo below is looking northeast along the north bank of the creek. It appears that some urban artists have been busy here.

Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge
Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge
These two photos are views of the downstream east side of the bridge during the early morning in the spring of 2010. The photo above is from the north bank of the creek, while the photo below is looking west from an island in the middle of the creek.

Saint Albans Mill Road Bridge

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