This bridge carries six lanes of highway US-169 over the Minnehaha Creek
in Saint Louis Park. Actually, this isn't so much a bridge as it is a
series of three parallel concrete box culverts. But since it crosses the
creek, that makes it a bridge as far as I am concerned. This structure was
built in 1967, but the highway was not opened until 1970, so it sat for
three years before it was put into use.
These distance photos are the best that I have been able to do given that there
is no public access to either side of the structure. The west side of the
freeway is a large swamp. The east side would require walking through the
yards of private homes. The best option would be to visit the bridge by
canoe. Perhaps I will do that someday.
The photo above is a telephoto view of the upstream west face of the US-169
bridge over the Minnehaha Creek as two vehicles cross the structure heading
southbound. I botched my first photos of this bridge because the autofocus
locked onto the swamp grass, leaving the bridge out of focus. I had to go
back the next day to take these photos after learning that lesson.
The photo above is the west face of the highway US-169 bridge over the
Minnehaha Creek. The photo below is looking downstream to the east
from a moving vehicle as we cross southbound over the structure.
These two photos are views of the US-169 bridge over the Minnehaha Creek
as seen from the traffic level. The photo above is heading southbound
just south of the Minnehaha Boulevard interchange. The bridge does not
stand when you drive over it, and the creek is not marked with highway
signs. The bridge is in the gap between the trees and the green overhead
signs for West 36th Street and highway MN-7. The photo below is heading
northbound towards the bridge. It is located under the sliver car that is
the third vehicle in front of the camera.