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West Channel Bridge
US-14/US-61 Mississippi River Crossing At La Crosse
La Crosse, Wisconsin

West Channel Bridge

Westbound Structure
• Structure ID: NBI B32016500000000 (WI), 28017 (MN).
• Highway: Westbound US-14, Northbound US-61.
• Daily Traffic Count: 22,296 (2003)
• Length: 760 Feet Overall, 108 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 40 Feet, 2 Lanes.
• Date Built: Opened 1992.
 
Eastbound Structure
• Structure ID: NBI B32016400000000 (WI), 28018 (MN).
• Highway: Eastbound US-14, Southbound US-61.
• Daily Traffic Count: 19,800 (2003)
• Length: 761 Feet Overall, 108 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 40 Feet, 2 Lanes.
• Date Built: Opened 1993.
 
Statistics Common To Both Structures
• Location: River Mile 698.8.
• River Elevation: 631 Feet.
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder, Concrete Deck.
• Navigation Channel Width: 105 Feet.
• Height Above Water: 13 Feet.
The US-14 and US-61 Mississippi River crossing between La Crosse, Wisconsin, and La Crescent, Minnesota, covers a distance of 3 miles. The path includes causeways, islands, two large main channel structures, and these two secondary channel bridges over the West Channel of the Mississippi River.

Wisconsin considers this to be two independent bridges on US-14. Minnesota reports these as two independent bridges on US-61. As a result, there are a total of four NBI database entries. Wisconsin owns the westbound span, while Minnesota owns the eastbound span. The eastbound span was planned to be completed shortly after the westbound span, but the flood of 1993 interfered. As result, the westbound span opened more than a year later, and was not totally finished until 1994. These two bridges replaced a single 1931 steel through truss bridge.


West Channel Bridge
West Channel Bridge

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