The Cambridge Street Bridge is located next to the Taco Bell store near
Knollwood Mall in Hopkins. As a result, many folks refer to this as the
Taco Bell Bridge, and few seem to know that this street is named Cambridge
Street. Despite the street seeing a fair level of traffic, few people seem
to make it past Taco Bell given that the bridge sees only about 1,800
vehicles per day.
The Cambridge Street Bridge is a concrete slab bridge where the deck is both
a driving surface and the bridge span structure. This single span bridge
looks to be in very good shape with little wear or deterioration visible,
which is impressive given that it is nearly 40 years old when these photos
were taken in the fall of 2009. The Taco Bell management has done a nice job
of landscaping along the creek bank. They have built a path down to the
waterline, and have set up picnic tables for folks to enjoy their tacos and
burritos while watching the creek.
The photo above is looking east down the length of the bridge deck. The
Taco Bell store is located on the north side of Cambridge Street on the east
bank of the creek. The photo above is looking west down the length of the
bridge deck. The highway MN-7 bridge is visible just upstream of this
The photo above is looking under the Cambridge Street Bridge on the downstream
side of the structure from the east bank of the Minnehaha Creek. The photo
below is the north side of the bridge, also seen from the east bank of the
creek. The photo below is looking directly into the bright afternoon sun.
The photo below is looking west across the creek bed from under the Cambridge
Street Bridge. Once again, we find a spot where the creek is only a few
feet wide and only a few inches deep. The photo below is a geodetic marker
that is attached to the abutment near the southeast corner of the bridge.
These markers are indexed in a national database of survey data, and represent
a reference location where repeatable measurements can be taken over time.