The West 37th Street Bridge is a concrete channel beam bridge that is nearly
identical to the West 36th Street Bridge located a block to the north. This
bridge is slightly longer, but sees much heavier traffic. In fact, I had to
wait nearly 20 minutes to catch a view of the bridge with no cars on the
This area of the creek has seen a lot of storm runoff water in past decades,
which has hurt water quality. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has
worked with the city and local landowners to build sentiment holding ponds
along the creek to help filter the runoff water. The area just south of
this bridge on the Target store side of the creek was regraded during the
late 2000s to create additional ponds and built a barrier to water flowing
off of the Target store parking lot.
The photo above is looking northeast towards the downstream south face of the
West 37th Street Bridge.
These two photos are views looking east down the length of the bridge deck
towards Knollwood Mall. The photo below is from about 50 feet west of the
bridge, where the curve in the road and the height of the bridge is apparent.
The photo below is from a vantage point closer to the bridge, where we can
see the roadway on the far end of the bridge deck. The red targets in the
photo above are logos on the side of a truck that is heading to the Target
store located directly behind the photographer.
The photo above is looking southwest across the bridge deck from the northeast
corner of the structure. The target store is visible in the background, with
highway MN-7 running parallel to and south of this bridge. The photo below
is a view looking east along the north face of the bridge between the West
37th Street Bridge and the parallel footbridge.