While this bridge is a fairly routine prestressed concrete girder bridge, it does have a few decorative elements. First, the piers have lines and indents that enhance their shape and style. Next, there are a series of parallel lines on the outside of the guardrails. Finally, the bridge has a very nice guardrail configuration. In addition to the standard solid and slanted concrete guardrails, a set of elegant steel railings have been installed on top of the concrete guardrails. The result is both functional as well as looking great.
Note that the east end of the bridge is very tall. The reason is a large rock outcropping that was buried for eons until the glaciers came through. When the glacial lakes started to drain, one lake carved a channel that ran on the west side of this rock, which today carries the Saint Louis River. A second lake created a channel that is used by the Cloquet River, which once ran on the east side of this rock in a second parallel river channel. The two glacial rivers met just south of the US-2 bridge. After the glacial period was over, the Cloquet River eventually cut a new outlet and joined the Saint Louis River about a mile upstream of the US-2 bridge. The result is that the east channel is no longer used, and is a wetland area today. But the rock still stands, with US-2 cutting across the center of the rock, the Saint Louis River on on the west side of the rock, and the new river bridge anchored firmly to the rock.
The photo above is looking northwest towards the downriver south side of the US-2 Bridge over the Saint Louis River. The vantage point is the east bank of the river at a DNR maintained public water access parking area.