This concrete girder bridge is very typical of newer bridges that are being built by MN-DOT. It is not as exciting as the steel through truss bridge that it replaced, but it is a much more serviceable and longer lasting structure. MN-DOT dressed up the bridge a bit with the decorative stonework, iron railings, and fancy streetlights. In addition, there is very nice stonework on the bridge piers. The roadway that leads under the bridge was closed when I first visited this location, and the entire area was posted for no parking. I visited again a year later, and the road was open, allowing me to get a nice view of the underside of the bridge.
The photo above is a view looking northwest down the center line of the bridge from the Rabbit Road overpass located on top of the bluffs on the east side of the Minnesota River. The collection of buildings on top of the hill in the background of the photo is Gustavus Adolphus College. On March 29, 1998, a F3 tornado tore though the city of Saint Peter, destroying about half of the town. The college campus took a direct hit, with major damage to most of the buildings, and several building being damaged beyond repair. Tornados in March are very unusual. There were 14 confirmed tornadoes as part of that outbreak, compared to only 6 tornadoes ever recorded in the state of Minnesota during the month of March up to that date.
The photo below is a view looking northwest towards the city of Saint Peter from the river bluff at the south corner of the structure. Riverside Park is located on the far side of the river.