This pony style truss bridge is one of the few remaining truss bridges left on the lower section of the Minnesota River, and one of the few bridges on the river that is served by a gravel road. Given that the road does not carry enough traffic to warrant being paved, it is likely that the bridge does not have enough traffic to justify being replaced. As a result, if this bridge does become unsafe, it is possible that this river crossing would simply be closed off.
The exciting part of a truss bridge is that all the working parts are right out in the open for people to look at. It is just like a steam railroad locomotive where all the mechanics are located on the outside of the engine, and you can watch the parts move when the train moves. Compare that to a rocket or a fighter jet where you cannot see any of the stuff that makes the vehicle fly on the outside. It takes all the excitement away. There are so few bridges like this left in Minnesota that we need to draw the line somewhere and fight to keep this one, otherwise, we risk losing all of the truss bridges for good.
The photo above is a view looking south down the bridge deck towards Brown County from the center of Renville County highway 3. The photo below is looking north down the bridge deck towards Renville County from the center of Brown County highway 8. The north end of the structure has a short sloping steel girder span leading to the main truss spans.