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CSAH-133 Bridge
CSAH-133 Saint Louis River Highway Crossing
Meadowlands, MN

CSAH-133 Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 69506
• Location: River Mile 86.0
• River Elevation: 1,237 Feet
• Highways: CSAH-133
• Daily Traffic Count: 680 (2003)
• Bridge Type: Prestressed Concrete Girder, Concrete Deck
• Bridge Length: 263 Feet, 86 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 44 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable
• Height Above Water: 23 Feet
• Date Built: 1976
The Meadowlands Bridge on CSAH-133 is another generic style prestressed concrete girder bridge. It has been built strictly for function, with no attempt to add any decorative elements. It does feature a reinforced concrete deck and the new modern style guardrails with the slanted sides. Perhaps there is an engineering elegance in seeing a structure fulfilling its role in an economical and trouble-free manner.

The city of Meadowlands is located a few miles east of this Saint Louis River crossing. The Meadowlands was once a thriving regional center that supported a enclave of farms in Saint Louis County. The city once had a railroad depot, a car dealership, a farm machinery dealer, plus its own school system. But over the years, the farm economy went into the tank and city began to whither away. Today, all that is left is a small country store and two taverns.

The photo above is looking east along the downstream south face of the CSAH-133 Bridge. There is brush along both sides of the river making it difficult to get a profile view without getting wet.

CSAH-133 Bridge
The photo above is looking northeast across the bridge deck from the southwest corner of the structure. The photo below is looking east down the center of the bridge deck. The author's beloved Ford Ranger is visible on the far end of the bridge. This vehicle had 225,000 miles on it at the time these photos were taken.

CSAH-133 Bridge
CSAH-133 Bridge
The photo above is another view looking east down the downstream south face of the CSAH-133 Bridge over the Saint Louis River. The photo below is the bridge plate.

CSAH-133 Bridge

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