The US-10 bridge is part of a 4-lane bypass around Little Falls. The
issue is not that Little Falls is such a large city that it needs a
freeway bypass, but rather, Little Falls in centrally located for
people traveling in a number of different directions, and the bypass
keeps the through traffic off of the quiet city streets.
Similar to the highway bridge just downstream in downtown Little Falls,
this bridge is a steel girder bridge with concrete piers and a concrete
deck. Also like the downtown Little Falls bridge, this bridge is built
very low and near to the water. There is just enough clearance for
canoes to pass under the steel girders. In contrast to other bridges in
the Mississippi River Headwaters region, this the only location north of
Red Wing, Minnesota, where there is more than one bridge in series as part
of the river crossing.
This bridge turned out to be a bit more difficult than average to
photograph. The freeway bypass was put through an area where there
were no roads. As a result, I had to scout around a bit, and finally
located riverfront homes where I could sneak in telephoto shots of
the bridge. The photo above is an example of a view from the backyard
of a local resident who allowed me to walk across their property.
These two photos are views crossing the river on a somewhat gloomy spring
morning. The photo below is a view crossing westbound, while the photo
below is a view crossing eastbound.
These two photos are views of the bridge as seen looking through back
yards of houses located on the east shore of the river. The photo above
is a view from south of the bridge, while the photo below is a view from
north of the bridge.
These two photos are views of the bridge while it was being redecked during
the summer of 2007. The photo above is a view crossing to the west. The
photo below is a view crossing to the east.