The Ramsey Park Swayback Bridge is 183 foot, multi-span, Rustic-style, reinforced-concrete slab bridge faced with North Redwood granite veneer. Constructed in 1938, it carries County Road 31 (East Oak Street) over the Redwood River in Alexander Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls.. The bridge was listed in the National Register in 1980 and is significant as a swayback arch design that was built by the Works Progress Administration.. The swayback design allows water to flow over the bridge during times of fooding. Only one other swayback bridge is known to exist in the United States. (A bridge in Alabama, now closed to vehicle traffic, situated high above the water)
Redwood County restored the bridge in 2013 following flood and ice damage. The County applied for and received a design exception for the 6-inch-high railings, leaving this feature as it has been for 80 years. To add taller modern railings would have created an adverse effect under preservation regulations. This railing modification would also run counter to the design of this bridge, in which it was intended to have water and debris flow over the bridge during flooding. As part of the rehabilitation work, the masonry was repointed and missing stones were replaced with in-kind material, concrete slab spans were replaced in-kind, new floor drains were installed, and the roadway approach was improved to smooth the transition to the new deck.
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