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Clearwater Co Highway 37
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Near Itasca State Park, MN

Clearwater Co Highway 37

• Structure ID: NBI 95483
• Location: River Mile 1338
• River Elevation: 1,436 Feet
• County: Clearwater
• Highway: Clearwater County Highway 37
• Daily Traffic Count: 105 (2003)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Barrel Arch Culvert
• Bridge Length: 32 Feet
• Bridge Width: 30 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 14 Feet
• Date Built: 1987
From the highway, one cannot even tell that there is a bridge located here, let alone a bridge across the Mississippi River. From river level, however, this turns out to be a very interesting structure. It is a cast in place concrete barrel arch that forms a large culvert. It is a perfect fit for this location. The structure is relatively inexpensive, durable, low maintenance, yet large enough to allow canoes to pass under the bridge. This culvert replaced a 1925 steel beam bridge.

The photo above is a view of the bridge from the highway level, where it is hard to tell where the bridge is located. The photo below is a view from river level. Note that the bridge has a few decorative lines cast into the concrete to dress up the structure.


Clearwater Co Highway 37

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