Historic Name: Robert Street Bridge
Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. 9036
Bridge Type: Reinforced concrete arch
City/Township: St. Paul
Crossing: Robert St. over the Mississippi River
Engineer: Toltz, King & Day, Inc.
Contractor: Fegles Construction Company, Ltd.
Year Built: 1924-1926
Overall Length: 1534.4 feet
Overall Width: 78.5 feet
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination form prepared by Robert M. Frame III. The Robert Street Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Summary of Historic Significance
The Robert Street Bridge is a reinforced concrete, multiple-arch bridge. The Robert Street Bridge is historically significant as an outstanding example of an unaltered, monumental, multi-span, reinforced concrete arch bridge. It is the product of a very complex engineering design process to enable this bridge to be built in this location with its established vehicular, railroad, streetcar and river-navigation demands. The resulting bridge includes a monumental reinforced concrete rainbow arch, by far the largest in Minnesota. The bridge is outstanding not only for its engineering, but for its aesthetic effect in the overall design of the bridge.