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Fern Lake Road
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Near Bemidji, MN

Fern Lake Road

• Structure ID: NBI 04518
• Location: River Mile 1291.8
• River Elevation: 1,348 Feet
• County: Beltrami
• Highway: Grant Valley Township Road 146, Fern Lake Road
• Daily Traffic Count: 93 (1996)
• Bridge Type: Prestressed Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 84 Feet
• Bridge Width: 32 Feet
• Height Above Water: 6 Feet
• Date Opened: 1997
This single span prestressed concrete girder bridge crosses the mighty Mississippi River in a single leap. That is in contrast with the old 1916 bridge that once stood in this location. It was a 4 span wooden trestle.

Like other Mississippi River headwaters bridges, this bridge sees very little traffic, less than 100 vehicles per day. This is the last of the lightly traveled bridges while heading downriver. The next bridge at Jefferson Road sees 2500 vehicles a day, and the US-2 crossing after that sees nearly 10,000 vehicles a day. But do stay tuned, there is one more bridge further downriver that sees less than 100 vehicles per day.


Fern Lake Road
The photo above is a view looking north across the bridge as seen from traffic level. The photo below is the bridge plate. The photo at the top of the page is a view of the west side and under the bridge as seen from the water level.

Fern Lake Road

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