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MN State Highway 25 Bridge Ruins
Former Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Monticello, MN

Old Minnesota State Highway 25 Bridge Ruins

• Structure ID: NBI 4390
• Location: River Mile 897.0
• River Elevation: 895 Feet
• Counties: Sherburne, Wright
• Highway: MN Highway 25
• Bridge Type: Steel Through Truss w/Swing Span
• Daily Traffic Count: Unknown
• Bridge Length: ??? Feet, ??? Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: ??? Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet
• Date Built: 1929
The current MN-25 is the third bridge to cross the Mississippi River at Monticello. The first was a swingspan, pictured above in a period postcard. That bridge stood from 1891 to 1930. A steel truss bridge stood from 1929 until 1987. Remains of that bridge still exist in the parking lot of a local bar and grille on the east side of the river. The remains include two bridge joints, the deck plate, and a sign indicating where the center line of the bridge once stood. A driveway leading into the bar and grille appear to follow the original highway alignment.

Old Minnesota State Highway 25 Bridge Ruins
These two photos are the remains of two joints that were salvaged from the old bridge. They are sitting on concrete pads at the edge of a parking lot along with a pair of park benches.

Old Minnesota State Highway 25 Bridge Ruins
Old Minnesota State Highway 25 Bridge Ruins
The photo above is the bridge plate from the old bridge. It is mounted in a monument near the east end of the old structure. The photo below is the sign that marks the center line of the deck of the old bridge.

Old Minnesota State Highway 25 Bridge Ruins

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