From the top, the MN-15 bridge is very nondescript. You hardly even
know that you are crossing a bridge, let alone the mighty Mississippi
River. From below, the bridge has a little more character. The pointed
arches in the piers and fake cut stone effect remind one more of a
Gothic cathedral than a modern bridge.
MN-15 used to use the old Sauk Rapids Bridge. MN-15 was rebuilt as a
bypass running between Sauk Rapids and Sartell. When the MN-15 number
was moved to the new bridge, the old bridge was turned back to the
The Bridge of Hope name is the result of a bridge naming contest held
throughout the local school systems. The winning name is intended to
memorialize Jacob Wetterling. Wetterling was kidnapped and most likely
murdered on October 22, 1989, at the age of 11. Despite the kidnapper
being on foot, being spotted by 2 other children, the Police being
on the scene within minutes, and a massive search that was organized
that very evening, no trace of the kidnapper or Jacob have ever been
The photo above is a view from the river flats on the north end of the
bridge structure looking to the southwest. The photo below is also
from the north end of the bridge and a bit upstream of the structure
looking to the southwest. The Bridge of Hope crosses the Mississippi
River at a location where there is a large island in the river, resulting
in the bridge crossing two river channels. This channel is the northern
of the two channels.
These two photos are views of a typical river crossing heading southbound.
The photo above is entering the north end of the bridge from an entrance
ramp heading to the south. The photo below is a view from near the
mid-point of the river crossing.
The photo above is looking north along the east face of Bridge of Hope. The
photo below is looking southwest from near the underpass where Benton Drive
North passes under the north end of the Bridge of Hope.
The photo above is a profile view of the bridge as seen from the north
side of the river and a bit downstream of the bridge. This view is
the southern of the two river channels. The photos below are views
from under the bridge structure at the north end of the bridge. The
left photo is looking down the east face of the bridge. The photo
below is looking down the center of the bridge piers. The gothic
arch and imprint of stones in the concrete make this look more like a
medieval cathedral than a modern highway bridge.