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Laurel Street
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Brainerd, MN

Laurel Street

• Structure ID: NBI 18509
• Location: River Mile 1001.3
• River Elevation: 1,152 Feet
• County: Crow Wing
• Highways: W Florence St, E Laurel St
• Daily Traffic Count: 7,500 (2001)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 553 Feet, 137 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 52 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 52 Feet
• Date Built: Started 1978, Opened December 6, 1979
The Laurel Street Bridge is the second of five bridges when heading north, or the fourth of five bridges when heading south, to cross the great river in the city of Brainerd. While three of the bridges were very easy to photograph, this structure (and the MN-210) was much more of a challenge. There is no access to the sides of the bridge, the land is steep and rocky, and the river is lined with brush.

This bridge is another routine concrete girder bridge. It features a unique design for the piers. They are open, and the support columns rise at angles to each other. The resulting opening in the piers is in the shape of a large keystone.

Construction on the bridge started in 1978. It opened on December 6, 1979, but was not dedicated until May 28, 1980. The bridge plate dedicates the bridge in memory of James Ronald Johnson. This structure replaced an 1898 bridge at the same location.


Laurel Street
The photo above is a view looking west down the length of the bridge deck. The photo below is the bridge plate when is part of a monument located near the bridge. The photo at the top of the page is a view from the southeast corner of the structure.
Laurel Street

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