A different view of Holmes Street Bridge

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2011 - 12:38 AM

The Holmes Street Bridge, which dates to 1927, where it spans the Minnesota River in Shakopee. The bridge was refurbished and opened this year for bikers and walkers.

Photo: Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

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The rehabilitation of the Holmes Street Bridge, connecting Shakopee and Scott County to the rest of the metro area over the Minnesota River, is among the more emphatic statements of what the river valley could become. The only deck-truss bridge left in Minnesota, it was singled out by the state for historic preservation and opened this year for bikers and walkers.

The bridge has "architectural details you don't often find on bridges," Kristen Zschomler of the state Department of Transportation said at the time the bridge closed down for all the work. "It's often true of infrastructure that we go over it but we never stop to appreciate it, and this is one example."

A photographer's visit to the bridge not long ago, capturing it from a variety of angles, makes that point even better than words.


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