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Highway 70 Bridge
Highway 70 Saint Croix River Crossing
Grantsburg, WI

Highway 70 Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI: 58004 (MN), B07002000000000 (WI).
• Location: River Mile 89.7.
• River Elevation: 790 Feet.
• Highway: MN-70, WI-70.
• Daily Traffic Count: 3,750 (2004).
• Bridge Type: Steel Girder, Concrete Deck.
• Length: 605 Feet.
• Width: 39 Feet, 2 Traffic Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: ???.
• Date Built: 1991.
The highway 70 state line crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin is somewhat unusual in that these two state highways keep the same number on both sides of the state line. While that is standard for Interstate and US highways, it is uncommon for state highways. In Wisconsin, WI-70 started as a 10 mile long route in 1917 running from Grantsburg east to WI-35. In 1929, the Grantsburg Toll Bridge over the Saint Croix River was completed, and WI-70 was extended to the state line. On the Minnesota side, MN-70 was authorized in 1933, and numbered to match WI-70. It was paved in 1949. Today, both MN-70 and WI-70 combine to serve as an alternate route to the northern Wisconsin recreation areas for traffic to avoid congested highway US-8.

The old Grantsburg Toll Bridge was removed and replaced in 1991 by this modern steel girder bridge. The new bridge was built purely for function, and is devoid of any decorative features. It does have, however, the current favored guardrails. These are the type where the concrete has an angle to help absorb some crash forces, and the concrete is solid at the bridge deck level to prevent road debris from washing into the river.

This bridge has a DNR visitor center on the Minnesota side, and a rest area on the Wisconsin side. The site is complete with trails that take you to the river, under the bridge, and connect with the regional trail system.

The photo above is a view from traffic heading eastbound overlooking the Saint Croix River valley from the crest of the bluffs on the Minnesota side of the river. The photo below is a view of the bridge looking to the southeast from the DNS visitor center parking lot.


Highway 70 Bridge
Highway 70 Bridge
These two photos are views from the Wisconsin side of the river looking to the northwest. The photo above is the south face of the bridge, while the photo below is a profile view of the river crossing.

Highway 70 Bridge
Highway 70 Bridge
These two photos were taken from the Wisconsin side of the river. The photo above is a close view of a mid-river span as seen from a location on the east riverbank downriver from the bridge. The photo below is a view looking west along the south face of the bridge.

Highway 70 Bridge
Highway 70 Bridge
These two photos are views of the south facing downriver side of the bridge. The view is looking east towards Wisconsin. The photo above is the south face of the bridge from directly under the edge of the traffic deck. The photo below is a similar view from slightly further downriver.

Highway 70 Bridge
Highway 70 Bridge
The photo above is a view under the bridge looking west towards the Minnesota side of the Saint Croix River. The photo below is the bridge plate. It carries a date of July 20, 1991.

Highway 70 Bridge
Highway 70 Bridge
The photo above is the traffic deck looking east towards Wisconsin from the southwest corner of the structure. The photo below is entering the west end of the bridge while traveling eastbound on MN-70.
Highway 70 Bridge

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