The Chaska Herald has some great pictures and history of the rail line and bridge, connecting Chaska and Carver, that is being removed this summer.
The 5.6-mile stretch of rail running between Louisville in Scott County through Carver and into Chaska was constructed by the Minneapolis-St. Louis Railway in 1870 and 1871 at a cost of $20,000 per mile, according to von Walter’s research. The grand opening run was made from here to Minneapolis on Nov. 25, 1871.
Here’s the remaining demolition schedule for weeks beginning:
Aug. 1, 8 and 13: Remove wood bridge trestle.
Aug. 22, 29, and Sept. 7: Work continues on bridge. Remove road crossings in Chaska.
Sept. 14 thru Oct. 10: Complete steel bridge span removal.
Oct. 17 thru Oct. 24: Demolish concrete piers.
Oct. 31 through Nov. 7: Final cleanup and re-grading.