This bridge was built in 1967. It uses a prefabricated design that
was common for smaller light spans of that era. A series of precast
concrete sections were placed side by side to create each of the three
bridge spans. These concrete sections were cast in a factory using
the prestressed technique. That allowed the bridge to be assembled
relatively quickly out in the field.
According to the Mary Costello Book (Climbing The Mississippi River
Bridge By Bridge, Volume 2), this bridge replaced the Solway Highway
Bridge. That bridge failed and collapsed in 1967 when a loaded pulp
truck attempted to cross the bridge. The bridge was named after the
nearby village of Solway.
That bridge was located just to the north of the new bridge. The river
makes a loop, running on both sides of the highway. The old bridge
crossed near the top of the loop, where the river cut diagonally across
the highway. When the new bridge was built, the river path was altered
to cut off the loop, and the new bridge was built square to the highway.
The photo above is a view of the northeast corner of the bridge. The
photo below is a view of the modified river channel to the east of the
bridge. The photo at the top of the page is a view looking across the
bridge towards the north.
The photo above is the bridge plate, which include the bridge ID number,
and the year that the bridge was constructed. The photo below are the
remains of the old Solway Bridge.