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Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
Minnesota River Highway Crossing
Franklin, MN

Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI: 7202.
• Location: River Mile 191.5.
• River Elevation: 808 Feet.
• Highway: Renville Co 5, Redwood Co 11.
• Daily Traffic Count: 310 (2003).
• Bridge Type: Steel Girder, Concrete Deck.
• Length: 371 Feet.
• Width: 30 Feet, 2 Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: ???.
• Date Built: 1959.
This Minnesota River bridge near the small town of Franklin is a very typical 1950s era river bridge. It features steel girders and a concrete deck. The guard rails are the older obsolete style that have openings and no sloping face. The bridge is so lightly used, however, that it is in great shape, and traffic demands do not warrant an upgrade.

Despite such low traffic volumes, there has historically been a bridge at this location for over 100 years. The MN State Historical Society has a photo of a steel through truss bridge at this location dated in the year 1900. In the case of these rural bridges, they are not as much justified by traffic volumes, but rather, by making agriculture and commerce more efficient.

The photo above is the west face of the highway 5 and highway 11 bridge as seen from the river flats on near the southwest corner of the structure. The photo below is looking north down the length of the bridge deck towards Renville County from the center of Redwood County highway 11. Franklin is located at the top of the bluffs one half mile north of the Minnesota River.


Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
The photo above is looking north across the Minnesota River along the upriver west face of the highway 5 and highway 11 bridge. Note the pipe attached to the side of the concrete guard rail. This pipe carries communications cables. Note that the brackets that support this conduit have broken in several locations allowing the conduit to sag. In addition, the lower pipe of the metal guard rail has been used to carry cables. The first section of that pipe at each end of the bridge has been removed, and a conduit connects to that pipe to carry the cables underground. The photo below is the bridge plate.

Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
These two photos are from the spring flood of 2010. The photo above is looking north down the length of the bridge deck. The photo below is a view of the upriver west face of the bridge. Note that the water is up to the top of the piers.

Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
These two photos are views looking southbound during the spring flood of 2010. The photo above is looking downhill towards the main river span bridge. The photo below is Redwood County highway 11 as it crosses the river flats south of the main river channel.

Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
These two photos are views of the Wabasha Creek bridge on Redwood County highway 11 located just south of the County 5 and County 11 bridge over the Minnesota River. The creek flows into the river. Due to the high water, the creek is serving as a secondary channel for the river. The photo above is looking north down the length of the bridge deck. The photo below is the upriver west side of the structure.

Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge
These two photos are additional views of the bridge over Wabasha Creek. The photo above is another view of the water hitting the upriver west side of the structure. Despite the blue skies on this sunny day, the water must be very cold if ice is forming on the side of the bridge. The photo below is a solar powered weather station attached to the downriver side of the bridge.

Renville Co 5 - Redwood Co 11 Bridge

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