In contrast, the new bridge continues straight to the west, crossing several downtown streets before it descends to ground level. This has allowed Wabasha to redevelop its shoreline into a very nice system of parks and recreation area. The main span was built in a somewhat remarkable manner. It was constructed on barges outside of the main river channel. When it came time to erect the main span, the barges carrying the truss section were floated in place, and the truss was lifted onto the piers. This prevented any risk to the navigation channel during construction. This method of construction would be seen again in 2003 in La Crosse.
Wabasha is famous for the Grumpy Old Men movies. It is also noted as the home of the Anderson House Inn, a place where you can rent a kitty cat along with your room for the night.
The National Bridge Inventory lists this bridge in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. It has a single NBI number in Minnesota for a 750.4 meter long bridge. In Wisconsin, the NBI lists sever NBI numbers for spans from 43 meters to 145 meters as follows:
NBI: B06007900010000, 142 Feet.
NBI: B06007900020000, 392 Feet.
NBI: B06007900030000, 261 Feet.
NBI: B06007900040000, 358 Feet.
NBI: B06007900050000, 358 Feet.
NBI: B06007900060000, 478 Feet.
NBI: B060079003A0000, 471 Feet.