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City Bridge
Mississippi River Utility Crossing
Sartell, MN

Sartell City Bridge

• Location: River Mile 932.4
• River Elevation: 993 Feet
• Counties: Benton, Stearns
• Structure: Pipeline Bridge
• Bridge Type: Steel Through Truss
• Bridge Length: 587 Feet, 135 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 28 Feet
• Height Above Water: 18 Feet
• Date Built: 1914
This 1914 bridge once carried automobile traffic across the river in the small town of Sartell, MN. The bridge turned out to be in an inconvenient location given the train tracks on the east side and the paper mill located on both sides of the road. Trucks had to be banned in the 1950s due to the weakness of the structure. The bridge was converted into a pedestrian bridge in 1984, but that proved to be awkward for the factory security, so the walkway was closed shortly after that. Today, the bridge carries utility pipes.

This is one of the last of the small steel through truss bridges that remains on the Mississippi River. Even if the bridge is no longer in use, one would hope that it is preserved for historical purposes.

The photo above is a telephoto view of the center bridge span as seen from the nearby Sartell Bridge. The photo below is a view from a riverside parking lot located just upriver on the west side of the Mississippi.


Sartell City Bridge
Sartell City Bridge
These two photos are views of the Sartell City Bridge as seen from the new Sartell Bridge located 800 feet downriver. The Champion Dam is located a further 950 feet upriver from the City Bridge. The photo above is a view looking slightly northeast, while the photo below is looking slightly northwest.

Sartell City Bridge
Sartell City Bridge
These two photos are views from the west river bank near the west abutment of the bridge. The photo above is a view of the downriver face of the bridge. The photo below is a view looking east down the length of the bridge deck from the southeast corner of the bridge. There is no direct access to the bridge. The pedestrian deck has been removed on the west end of the structure, but water mains still cross the old bridge. Trees have grown along the river, blocking any clear views of the structure from the west river bank, while access to the east river bank is restricted by the paper mill operators.
Sartell City Bridge

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