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Bill Tiepelman

The Mood Through the Third Avenue Bridge

The Third Avenue Bridge (originally known as the St. Anthony Falls Bridge). This is a landmark structure of in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It carries road traffic across the Mississippi River and right over the upper fringes of Saint Anthony Falls. The multi-arched bridge meets with Third Avenue in downtown Minneapolis at its south end, but curves as it crosses the river, and connects with Central Avenue on its north end. The shallow curve in the bridge was built to avoid fractures in the limestone bedrock that supports the bridge piers.

Much of the design work was done by Minneapolis city engineer Frederick W. Cappelen, who was responsible for a number of other local bridges and structures. Beyond the bridge you see a high industrial area setting the mood for my approach to this shot.

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