This bridge is the downstream bridge of two bridges built between Chippewa
County and Lac Qui Parle County between Montevideo and the Lac Qui Parle Dam.
These two bridges were built at the same time, using the same bridge plans,
resulting in identical looking bridges. Further, both bridges have been
extensively rebuilt by adding new pilings, making the piers wider, adding new
girders, putting on a new wider deck, and adding modern slanted guardrails.
The only differences that I could find between the two bridges is that this
one has its steel girders painted blue-gray, while the county 14 and county 20
bridge has its girders painted red-brown.
The photo above is a view looking west from the center of Chippewa County
highway 15. The photo below is a collage that shows each of the 4 bridge
plates that are attached to the structure. There is one plate for each county,
and two to note the federal aid project that funded the bridge construction.
These two photos are views looking north towards the county 15 and county 18
bridge from the west bank of the Minnesota River. The vantage point is a
partially flooded public water access boat ramp. The photo below is a close
view of the east main bridge pier. Note that an additional section has been
added to the bridge pier on the far side of the structure to support a steel
girder that was added in a later bridge widening project.
These two photos are views looking to the west towards Lac Qui Parle County
from the east bank of the Minnesota River. The photo above is looking down
the downstream south face of the county 15 and county 18 bridge. The photo
above is looking down the length of the bridge deck from the south shoulder of
Chippewa County highway 15.