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56th Street Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Street Crossing
Edina, MN

56th Street Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 92093.
• Location: River Mile 9.2.
• River Elevation: 856 Feet.
• Structure Type: Street Bridge.
• Construction: Steel Girder.
• Length: 26 Feet, 24 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 30 Feet.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1954.
The 56th Street Bridge carries traffic across the Minnehaha Creek in a quiet area of Edina located just west of France Avenue. France Avenue is a major north-south street located on the east side of Edina near this location, but forms the border between Edina and Minneapolis north of 50th Street.

The creek is heavily channelized at this location. The creek normally flows through a swale a few hundred feet wide, but at this location, there is higher ground on either side of the creek channel. I suspect that the wetlands along the creek were filled in when this subdivision was built in order to create about two dozen additional building lots. As a result, the creek resembles a canal for the 3/4 of a mile leading downstream to France Avenue. While I have not identified the date that this channelization was performed, I suspect that it was done around 1954 given that both this bridge and the France Avenue Culvert was built in that year.

Edina is known for having a high percentage of upper bracket homes. The homes in the neighborhood along the Minnehaha Creek feature extensive landscaping that is meticulously maintained. As an example, three of the homes that adjoin this bridge are appraised in the half-million dollar range, while the home to the northwest of this bridge is on the tax roles at $1.1-million. It is interesting to tour the streets just to the west of France Avenue just to look at the landscaping.

The photo above is a view looking westbound across the 56th Street Bridge from the north side of the street. The photo below is a similar view from the south side of the street.


56th Street Bridge
56th Street Bridge
The photo above is looking north along the upstream creek channel. The photo below is a similar view looking downstream to the south. The creek is essentially a straight canal for several blocks through this neighborhood.

56th Street Bridge
56th Street Bridge
The photo above is looking northwest across the bridge deck towards a home located within the City of Edina, a western suburb of Minneapolis. This home is an example of many homes in Edina that have extensive and very beautiful landscaping. The photo below is looking west along the south face of the structure.

56th Street Bridge

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