Historic Name: Cedar Avenue Bridge
Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. 2796
Bridge Type: Reinforced concrete arch
Crossing: 10th Ave. over Mississippi River
Engineer: Kristoffer Olsen Oustad
Contractor: City of Minneapolis
Year Built: 1926-1929
Overall Length: 2,174.9 feet
Overall Width: 68.1 feet
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination form prepared by Robert M. Frame III. The Cedar Avenue Bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Summary of Historic Significance
The Cedar Avenue Bridge is a reinforced concrete, continuous-arch bridge. In the original, continuous-arch unit, it has two main spans of 265.5 feet each that cross the river channel and five flanking spans of 93 feet each, two on the northeast end and three on the southwest end. The Cedar Avenue Bridge is historically significant as an excellent example of a monumental, reinforced concrete bridge constructed in the Twin Cities to span the high and scenic Mississippi River bluffs. In addition, the Cedar Avenue Bridge is the crowning achievement of Kristoffer Olsen Oustad, who is significant as one of four, major, innovative and influential Norwegian-American engineers that were involved in the design of the great bridges of the Twin Cities.