This very graceful concrete girder bridge crosses the great river, landing on
the campus of Saint Cloud State University. As a result of its university
setting, the bridge sees a lot of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The bridge
itself is situated just upstream from the Saint Cloud Dam, so it crosses a
broad deep section of the river. Signature features of the bridge include the
curved piers, the curve on the north end of the bridge, and the detail work in
It is interesting to note that despite the bridge deck having a curve, the
girders are not curved. In the photo above, you can clearly see where the
bridge deck bows out against the background of a straight girder. That is
apparently how one builds a curved bridge using straight girders. This 1985
structure replaced an 1892 era through truss bridge.
The photo above is a view of the river crossing from a park located on the
southeast side of the bridge structure.
The photo above is a profile view of the bridge as seen from the east end of
the Saint Cloud Dam located just downriver from the bridge. The photo below
is the east abutment of the bridge. Notice that the bridge is narrower than
the abutment, and that there is a place to add two additional girders to
eventually make the bridge wider. The City of Saint Cloud has a line item in
their 2009 budget to expand the University Bridge to 4 lanes.
The photo above is the bridge deck as seen from the south side of the west
end of the bridge, looking towards the east. The photo below is the south
face of the bridge as seen from the riverbank on the west end of the bridge.
These two photos are views of the north face of the bridge as seen from
the west end of the structure. The photo above is a view from the bridge
deck level, while the photo below is a view from the riverbank.
The photo above is the western abutment of the University Bridge. The
buildings in the photo are part of the Saint Cloud State University.
The photo below is a marker placed near the bridge which features a
photo of the bridge setting etched into the stone.