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College Drive
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Brainerd, MN

College Drive

• Structure ID: NBI 18505
• Location: River Mile 1000.8
• River Elevation: 1,152 Feet
• County: Crow Wing
• Highways: West College Drive, East College Drive
• Daily Traffic Count: 13,100 (2001)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 252 Feet, 84 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 52 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 20 Feet
• Date Built: Started 1974, Opened May 1975
College Drive is the southernmost of five Mississippi River crossings in the small city of Brainerd. The road takes its name from Central Lakes College. The college is a merger between a local community college and a regional technical school. After they merged, they became one of the 32 institutions that make up the Minnesota State College and University system. This facility is a huge asset to the Brainerd Lakes area.

The east side of the river is home to the Kiwanis Park. The park features a fishing pier and boat ramp. The fishing pier makes a great place to view the College Ave Bridge. The mid-river viewing location makes an otherwise routine concrete girder bridge all that more exciting.

The photo above is a view from the fishing pier at the Kiwanis Park. The view is looking northwest from near the east river bank at water level. The photo below is a view looking west down the length of the traffic deck.


College Drive
College Drive
The photo above is a view of the structure from near the southeast corner of the College Drive Bridge. The photo below is a view of the south face of the structure from the east river bank. The water has a brown tint throughout this section of the Mississippi River.

College Drive

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