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Hennepin Avenue Bridge
Hennepin Avenue Bridge as it appears today.
Carries 6 lanes of Hennepin Avenue (CSAH 52)
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale Minneapolis, Minnesota
Maintained by Hennepin County
ID number 27636
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 1037 feet
Width 134 feet
Longest span 625 feet (190 meters)
Clearance below 37 feet
Opened 1990
Bridges over the Mississippi in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Hennepin Ave. Bridge is in the top half of the image between Minneapolis BNSF and 3rd Ave. Bridge
Coordinates 44°59′07″N 93°15′50″W / 44.98528°N 93.26389°W / 44.98528; -93.26389

The Hennepin Avenue Bridge is the structure that carries Hennepin County State Aid Highway 52, Hennepin Avenue, across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Nicollet Island. Officially, it is the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge, in honor of the 17th-century explorer Louis Hennepin, who discovered the Saint Anthony Falls a short distance downriver. Two of the three previous structures have been suspension bridges, while a third—which existed nearly a century—was composed of steel arch spans. The original crossing, which opened as a toll bridge on January 23, 1855, is believed to have been the first permanent span across the Mississippi at any point. Other bridges were completed in 1876, 1891, and most recently 1990. Today, the bridge's main span is 625 feet (190 meters) in length, making it rather small by modern standards.

See also


  • Costello, Mary Charlotte (2002). Climbing the Mississippi River Bridge by Bridge, Volume Two: Minnesota. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications. ISBN 0-9644518-2-4.  

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