Historic Name: Colorado Street Bridge
Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. L-8803
Bridge Type: Masonry arch
City/Township: St. Paul
Crossing: no longer used as a highway bridge
Engineer: Andreas W. Munster, St. Paul Engineer’s Office
Contractor: Michael A. O’Brien and E.J. O’Brien
Year Built: 1888
Span Length: 70 feet, 6 inches
Length of Arch Barrel: 58 feet
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination form prepared by Jeffery A. Hess. The Colorado Street Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
Summary of Historic Significance
The Colorado Street Bridge is a skewed, single-span, masonry-arch bridge that has been closed to vehicular traffic and converted into a pedestrian walkway over a park meadow in the Torre de San Miguel housing development in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Colorado Street Bridge is historically significant for its unorthodox skewed construction and for the length of its span, which at 70 feet, 6 inches, surpasses all other masonry arch highway bridges in the state. Although the site has been extensively altered, the bridge retains integrity.