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US Highway 169
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Near Aitkin, MN

US Highway 169

• Structure ID: NBI 1004
• Location: River Mile 1073.7
• River Elevation: 1,197 Feet
• County: Aitkin
• Highway: US Highway 169
• Daily Traffic Count: 2,450 (2004)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 322 Feet, 94 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 43 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 9 Feet
• Date Built: 1990
Yet another concrete girder bridge over the Mississippi River, one of the 13 concrete girder bridges of the 16 bridges of all types that cross the great river in the Brainerd to Grand Rapids region. While most of the bridges in this area have some feature or another to dress them up and add a bit of character, this bridge does not. It is totally functional with absolutely no character. That might be bad for the bridge geek, but then again, it sure beats trying to swim across the river.

This bridge replaces a 1930 three span steel truss bridge, which replaced a ferry crossing.

The photo above is a view looking southwest from the north bank of the river, looking directly into the early afternoon sun. The vantage point is the location of the north abutment of the 1930 era bridge, which was located just upstream from the current bridge.


US Highway 169
US Highway 169
The photo above is a view from the southwest corner of the bridge. The photo below is the bridge plate.

US Highway 169

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