Current Weather Conditions
John A. Weeks III
Friday, June 22, 2018, 3:36:08 PM CDT
Home Photo Tours Rail Fan 12 Easy Steps
Aviation Spacecraft Highways & Bridges About The Author
 
Google Search
Maps   Groups   Images   Search
 
  Home
  • 12 Easy Steps
  • Aviation
  • Spacecraft
  • Highways & Bridges
    » Bridge Photography
      - MSP River Bridges
      - C & D Canal
      - Illinois River
      - Minnehaha Creek
      - Minnesota River
      - Mississippi River
      - Missouri River
      - St. Croix River
        › Upper St. Croix River
          · Cut-A-Way Dam
          · WI Central RR Br
          · Wild Rivers Trail Br
          · Gate Road Bridge
          · US-53 Expressway Br
          · Gordon Dam
          · Scotts Bridge
          · Coppermine Dam
          · Douglas Co Hwy T
          · CCC Bridge
          · WI-35 Bridge
          · Soo Line Bridge
          · MN-48 WI-77 Bridge
          · Highway 70 Bridge
          · StP&D RR Bridge
        › Lower St. Croix River
      - St. Louis River
      - Wisconsin River
      - Best Miss River Photos
      - Cable Stayed Bridges
      - McGilvray Road Bridges
      - I-35W Bridge Disaster
      - Miscellaneous Bridges
      - Madison County Bridges
      - Hist Br Weekend 2013
    » Road Geek Topics
  • Photo Tours
  • Rail Fan
  • About The Author
 
Site Search By JRank
Highways, Byways, And Bridge Photography
Scotts Bridge
West Mail Road Saint Croix River Crossing
Gordon, WI

Scotts Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI: P16011900000000.
• Location: River Mile 153.4.
• River Elevation: 990 Feet.
• Highway: West Mail Road (Town Of Gordon).
• Daily Traffic Count: 100 (2003).
• Bridge Type: Steel Girder, Concrete Deck Paved With Asphalt.
• Length: 61 Feet.
• Width: 22 Feet, 2 Traffic Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: 7 Feet.
• Date Built: 1963.
I have not been able to learn anything definitive about Scotts Bridge, its history, or why it is named the Scotts Bridge. I assume that the bridge was named after the nearby Scotts Rapids, but that raises the question of who Scotts Rapids was named after.

Based on the road name, West Mail Road, I am guessing that this road was upgraded from a rural forest trail back in the depression era of the 1930s when rural mail delivery was vastly expanded, and depression era jobs programs made such projects possible. The original bridge was most likely a narrow one-lane timber bridge, or perhaps had a very light duty steel truss span. Such a bridge would have been obsolete by the 1960s when the current bridge was built.

The current Scotts Bridge is a very basic structure. The first construction work would have been to drive piles in at the ends of the bridge and for the wing walls. Timber was placed behind the piles, and the roadway was built up. From there, beams were placed across the span and the deck was poured. Finally, light duty guard rails were installed, and the bridge was opened to traffic. At some point, the highway was paved or seal-coated. The new surface was also applied to the bridge deck, which is kind of unusual. Normally, a concrete bridge deck is not paved over.

The photo above is a view looking northwest down the length of the bridge deck from the center line of West Mail Road. Note that the railings and guardrails are painted a pastel yellow color, which is a welcome change of pace from the more typical silver color.


Scotts Bridge
The photo above is looking northeast from the water level from the south riverbank. The photo below is the southwest face of the bridge as seen from the south corner of the structure.

Scotts Bridge
Scotts Bridge
The photo above is looking northwest across the bridge deck from the south corner of the structure. The photo below is looking down the northeast face of the bridge.

Scotts Bridge

Made With Macintosh
Authored by John A. Weeks III, Copyright © 1996—2016, all rights reserved.
For further information, contact: john@johnweeks.com