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Carver Co 45 - Scott Co 9 Bridge
Minnesota River Highway Crossing
Jordan, MN

Carver Co 45 - Scott Co 9 Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI: 70532.
• Location: River Mile 41.9.
• River Elevation: 698 Feet.
• Highway: Carver Co 45, Scott Co 9.
• Daily Traffic Count: 2,000 (2003).
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder.
• Length: 565 Feet.
• Width: 43 Feet, 2 Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: ???.
• Date Built: Dedicated July 24, 2002.
This Minnesota River crossing is in a rural area just north of the city of Jordan, Minnesota. Jordan is located on US-169, which roughly parallels the Minnesota River from Bloomington to Mankato. This bridge, built in 2002, is typical of the cookie-cutter concrete girder bridges that are so common over the past 20 years. This bridge is the most generic of that style, with no decorative features to speak of. Given the rural location and low traffic count, function and cost are far more important than style.

You may note a large white box on the side of the bridge. This is a shared river monitoring station. Different agencies can install equipment in these boxes to monitor different aspects of the river. Typical uses are for the USGS to monitor river levels and water flow, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to monitor mercury and oxygen levels in the water.

The photo above is looking east towards the upstream west face of the bridge as seen from the south riverbank.


Carver Co 45 - Scott Co 9 Bridge
The photo above is looking west towards the downstream east face of the bridge, again, from the south riverbank. The photo below is looking north down the upstream west face of the County 9 and County 45 bridge.

Carver Co 45 - Scott Co 9 Bridge
Carver Co 45 - Scott Co 9 Bridge
The photo above is a view looking west down the length of the traffic deck as seen from the westbound traffic lane. The photo below is a view looking west down the length of the bridge deck from the southeast corner of the structure. Note the K-block across the traffic lane. The bridge was closed for the flood of 2010 when this photo was taken.

Carver Co 45 - Scott Co 9 Bridge
Carver Co 45 - Scott Co 9 Bridge
These two photos are more views from the flood of 2010. The photo above is the downstream east face of the structure. Compare the water level, which is up to the level of the arms on the piers, to the photos above. The photo below is the scene at the east end of the bridge. The county highway department has blocked the bridge with K-blocks. Highway engineers are preparing a rig that will allow them to inspect the bridge for damage.

Carver Co 45 - Scott Co 9 Bridge

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