Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Near Itasca State Park, MN
This is the second real highway bridge to cross the Mississippi River. It is a timber beam bridge, with metal poles sunk into the river bed to serve as piers for the structure. The bridge also has wood in the abutments it keeps the roadway fill from spilling back into the river channel.
The photo above is a view of the side of the bridge. The photo below is a view from the bridge looking downriver (to the north). The photo at the top of the page is a view looking west across the bridge from the center of the highway.
Authored by John A. Weeks III, Copyright © 1996—2016, all rights reserved.
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