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.
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.
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.
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.