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Morrison Co Highway 26
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Near Royalton, MN

Morrison Co Highway 26

• Structure ID: NBI 49528
• Location: River Mile 953.7
• River Elevation: 1,026 Feet
• County: Morrison
• Highway: Morrison County Highway 26
• Daily Traffic Count: 1,950 (2001)
• Bridge Type: Steel Girder
• Bridge Length: 420 Feet, 115 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 40 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 26 Feet
• Date Built: 1983
This bridge carries Nature Road, also marked as Morrison County Highway 26, across the Mississippi in a very rural area between Saint Cloud and Little Falls. It is a typical steel girder bridge with concrete deck and concrete piers, but it has two very atypical features. First, is has decorative curved piers. Due to the high water, those piers are largely submerged in these photos. The second is that the bridge is built as one long curve. Steel girders work well for curved bridges because they can be manufactured to match the roadway curve.

This bridge is located in a fairly lonely part of the state and sees relatively little traffic. In fact, the Great River Road is unpaved in sections north of there. This area is, however, worth seeking out. The boyhood home of famous aviator Charles Lindberg is located on the west side of the river between this bridge and Little Falls (though a more direct route may be taken from Little Falls).


Morrison Co Highway 26
The photo above is the downriver face of the bridge. The photo below is the upriver face of the bridge. The photo at the top of the page is a view looking west done the length of the curving traffic deck.

Morrison Co Highway 26
Morrison Co Highway 26
These two photos, and the eight that follow, are views from the spring of 2011 just as the last of the snow was melting. The photo above is looking east across the Mississippi River along the south face of the bridge. The photo below is a similar photo looking east along the south face of the bridge, but from near the traffic level rather than the water level.

Morrison Co Highway 26
Morrison Co Highway 26
These two photos are looking east down the length of the bridge deck. The photo above is taken from near the southwest corner of the structure, while the photo below is from the northwest corner of the bridge.

Morrison Co Highway 26
Morrison Co Highway 26
These two photos are views of the upstream side of the bridge, which is shaded from the midday sun. The photo above is looking east across the Mississippi River, while the photo below is looking west across the river.

Morrison Co Highway 26
Morrison Co Highway 26
The photo above is looking west down the length of the traffic deck. The road curves to the northwest as it crosses the Mississippi River. The photo below is the bridge plate.

Morrison Co Highway 26
Morrison Co Highway 26
The photo above is looking southwest from the southeast approach to the river crossing. A stream flows into the Mississippi River on the far side of the river. A local landowner has built their own private park just below the bridge on the west side of the river. Their fishing deck can be seen in the trees along the riverbank. The photo below is the United States Geological Survey stream gauge located near the northeast corner of the bridge.

Morrison Co Highway 26

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