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Sartell Bridge
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Sartell, MN

Sartell Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 05525
• Location: River Mile 932.3
• River Elevation: 992 Feet
• Counties: Benton, Stearns
• Highways: Benton County Highway 29, Stearns County Highway 78
• Daily Traffic Count: 12,300 (2003)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 1,173 Feet, 116 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 43 Foot Roadway, 6 Foot Sidewalk, 52 Feet Overall
• Height Above Water: 58 Feet
• Date Built: September 1984
The Sartell Bridge was built to replace the Sartell City Bridge, which is still located a few hundred feet upstream from this structure. The new bridge was built in a better location. It spans the Mississippi River and both the very busy railroad tracks and paper mill property on the east side of the great river.

What is interesting is that both this bridge, and the Bridge Of Hope (MN-15), the next bridge downstream, cross sections of the river that have distinctly different character. The river in Sartell is narrow, deep, and fast moving. The river near the Bridge Of Hope is wide, shallow, and slow moving. In Sartell, it is a narrow channel with deep banks. At the Bridge Of Hope, the banks are shallow and there are islands in the river. Despite these differences, the two bridges are both built using the concrete girder style, and both bridges are within a foot in length of each other. Two very different areas, but with very similar solutions to the river crossing problem.

The piers that support the Sartell Bridge are interesting. First, there are two styles. One style has no supports between the pillars at ground level, while the river piers do have supports between the pillars at water level. Second, the pillars are the same size on all piers at the top of the pillars, and again at the bottom of the pillars. But given differing heights of the piers, the shorter pillars look short and stocky, while the taller ones look sleek and graceful.

The photo at the top of the page is profile view of the river crossing as seen from the parking lot of a gas station located a few blocks south of the river. The photo below is the north face of the structure.


Sartell Bridge
Sartell Bridge
The photo above is a view from directly under the bridge looking towards the east. The photo below is a view of the south face of the structure from near the water level.

Sartell Bridge
Sartell Bridge
These two photos are views of the traffic deck as seen from the sidewalk on the north side of the structure looking towards the east. The photo above is the west end of the bridge. The photo below is near mid-span at the top of the hump in the bridge deck.

Sartell Bridge
Sartell Bridge
These two photos are views from the traffic deck level on the west end of the bridge looking east across the Mississippi River. The photo above is the north face of the bridge, while the photo below is the south face of the bridge.

Sartell Bridge
Sartell Bridge
The photo below is the west bridge abutment looking to the north. The photo below is the south face of the bridge looking east across the river.

Sartell Bridge

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