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Norway Ridge Road Bridge
CR-312 Saint Louis River Highway Crossing
Zim, MN

Norway Ridge Road Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 69634
• Location: River Mile 115.0
• River Elevation: 1,270 Feet
• Highways: CR-312
• Daily Traffic Count: 75 (2003)
• Bridge Type: Prestressed Concrete Girder, Concrete Deck
• Bridge Length: 243 Feet, 92 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 32 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet
• Date Built: 2001
The Saint Louis River seems to get lost for a while near Norway Ridge Road. In the space of about a square mile, the river makes a pair of huge back to back oxbow curves. The upstream of those two oxbows is itself made up of six smaller oxbows. Some of these curves are so large that the river almost loops back on itself. The result is a tangle of river channels, with Norway Ridge Road threading a path through the middle of the mess.

Norway Ridge Road is another very low traffic Saint Louis River crossing. With an average of 75 vehicles a day, one would not normally have very high expectations for the road. However, it is a well built and well maintained gravel roadway, and the bridge is a nearly new modern prestressed concrete girder bridge with a concrete deck and the new style slanted guardrails. This is the same bridge that would be built for a road that carried 100 times the traffic. The local landowners and sportsmen who use this road are lucky to have such a nice bridge.

The photo above is looking east along the upriver south face of the bridge. The right midday sun resulted in the white concrete on the bridge to be overexposed. Note that the bridge piers are set parallel to the river, but at an angle to the highway. The photo below is a view from 25 feet downriver, also looking at the upriver south side of the bridge from the west river bank.


Norway Ridge Road Bridge
Norway Ridge Road Bridge
The photo above is looking east down the length of the deck of the Norway Ridge Road Bridge over the Saint Louis River. The highway crosses the river at an angle, and as a result, the bridge was built at an angle. This angle can be seen in this view as the joint in the concrete crosses the road closer to the viewer on the left as compared to the right. The photo below is looking northeast across the bridge deck from the southwest corner of the structure.

Norway Ridge Road Bridge

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