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Highways, Byways, And Bridge Photography
MN State Highway 25
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Monticello, MN

MN State Highway 25

• Structure ID: NBI 71012
• Location: River Mile 896.9
• River Elevation: 895 Feet
• Counties: Sherburne, Wright
• Highway: MN Highway 25
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder
• Daily Traffic Count: 32,000 (2004)
• Bridge Length: 1,005 Feet, 111 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 56 Feet, 4 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 24 Feet
• Date Built: 1987
The MN-25 crossing is one of two river crossings that serve as a quick connection between US-10, which parallels the river on the north side, and I-94, which parallels the river on the south side. MN-25 is also the first river crossing as you leave the Twin Cities metro area and head towards Saint Cloud and the Mississippi River headwaters.

The MN-25 bridge is a rather run of the mill 4-lane concrete girder bridge that we will find commonly crossing the Mississippi River on shorter river crossings as we head north. This bridge replaced a 1930 steel through truss bridge, which replaced an 1891 swingspan.

I found it interesting that the City of Monticello had cameras set up around the bridge. They also posted signs to remind people that they were being watched. I happened to take a picture of one of these cameras, and found that it was actually a utility light set behind a metal cage. Within minutes of taking photos around the base of the bridge, a city vehicle appeared and the driver followed my every move through binoculars. There must not be much excitement in Monticello.

The photo above is a view of the north face of the bridge as seen from the shoreline on the west side of the Mississippi River.

MN State Highway 25
These two photos are from the southwest corner of the structure taken from the sidewalk. The photo above is a view along the outside of the south face of the structure. The photo below is a view of the traffic deck looking to the east.

MN State Highway 25
MN State Highway 25
These two photos are views from the west end of the bridge near the river bank. The photo above is a view along the south face of the structure. The photo below is a view under the bridge looking at one of the main channel piers.

MN State Highway 25
MN State Highway 25
The photo above is a profile view of the bridge from a vantage point located downriver and on the east side of the Mississippi. The photo above is a sign posted on a bridge girder on the south side of the pedestrian underpass. While the photo suggests that you are on camera, the device next to the sign is a lamp, not a camera. The cameras are mounted on utility poles in the nearby park.

MN State Highway 25
MN State Highway 25
The photo above is the city vehicle that arrived shortly after I started to take pictures. The driver followed my every movement through field glasses. The photo below is taken from the park on the northwest end of the bridge structure.

MN State Highway 25

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