Constructed in 1929, the 10th Avenue Southeast River Bridge (Bridge 2796) is an open-spandrel arch bridge type and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The bridge carries a four-lane roadway and a sidewalk. The bridge is one of a limited number of river crossings in downtown Minneapolis and is an essential link for non-motorized users since the I-35W bridge nearby does not carry non-vehicular traffic. Metro Transit, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, Southwest Transit, and University of Minnesota Campus Connector buses also use the bridge.

Previous rehabilitation work has occurred, but condition issues have progressed to the point a major rehabilitation is again needed. Between 1972 and 1976, the approach spans were reconstructed and realigned and the arch span deck and floor beams were replaced. In 2001 the deck surface was milled and the concrete wearing course was replaced. While these past projects have kept the bridge in acceptable condition, the bridge has continued to deteriorate and it’s now time to make further repairs to keep the bridge in good shape for years to come. A rehabilitation project now will prevent the need to replace the bridge by extending the life of the bridge.

At the start of construction, a trestle was built across the river to carry equipment and supplies. The trestle followed the alignment of the new bridge.

The arched forms for placing the concrete were fabricated in sections and raised in place with the aid of a tower.

The formwork for an arch is in place.

The concrete is being placed on the formwork.

The formwork is being removed from the completed arch.

The bridge was erected by the City of Minneapolis’s Bridge Department with its own labor force.

This aerial view was taken in 1955. The Tenth Avenue Bridge is in the background. In the foreground is the Washington Avenue Bridge with coal yards and the municipal barge terminal below it.