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Beltrami Co Highway 5
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Near Bemidji, MN

Beltrami Co Highway 5

• Structure ID: NBI 04505
• Location: River Mile 1315.5
• River Elevation: 1,368 Feet
• County: Beltrami
• Highway: Beltrami County Highway 5
• Daily Traffic Count: 105 (2003)
• Bridge Type: Prestressed Concrete
• Bridge Length: 69 Feet, 31 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 29 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 6 Feet
• Date Built: 1967
This bridge was built in 1967. It uses a prefabricated design that was common for smaller light spans of that era. A series of precast concrete sections were placed side by side to create each of the three bridge spans. These concrete sections were cast in a factory using the prestressed technique. That allowed the bridge to be assembled relatively quickly out in the field.

According to the Mary Costello Book (Climbing The Mississippi River Bridge By Bridge, Volume 2), this bridge replaced the Solway Highway Bridge. That bridge failed and collapsed in 1967 when a loaded pulp truck attempted to cross the bridge. The bridge was named after the nearby village of Solway.

That bridge was located just to the north of the new bridge. The river makes a loop, running on both sides of the highway. The old bridge crossed near the top of the loop, where the river cut diagonally across the highway. When the new bridge was built, the river path was altered to cut off the loop, and the new bridge was built square to the highway.

Beltrami Co Highway 5
The photo above is a view of the northeast corner of the bridge. The photo below is a view of the modified river channel to the east of the bridge. The photo at the top of the page is a view looking across the bridge towards the north.

Beltrami Co Highway 5
Beltrami Co Highway 5
The photo above is the bridge plate, which include the bridge ID number, and the year that the bridge was constructed. The photo below are the remains of the old Solway Bridge.

Beltrami Co Highway 5

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