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