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Highways, Byways, And Bridge Photography
Verne V. Skallman Bridge
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Grand Rapids, MN

Itasca County Highway 63

• Structure ID: NBI 31509
• Location: River Mile 1182.5
• River Elevation: 1,269 Feet
• County: Itasca
• Highway: Itasca County Highway 63
• Daily Traffic Count: 5,300 (2001)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 407 Feet, 67 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 40 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 11 Feet
• Date Built: 1970
The Itasca County Highway 63 bridge is another prestressed concrete girder bridge. It is a slightly older style concrete girder bridge compared with the newer bridges located upriver. The key feature making its age apparent are the metal railings. More modern bridges have higher concrete railings, and any metal railings would be decorative or for pedestrians. Like the Itasca County Highway 62 bridge just upstream, this bridge also features tubular steel pilings as part of the bridge piers. The tube steel pilings make for a very open and thin looking bridge, one that seems to float on the water rather than being connected to the earth.

The previous bridge at this location was a 1913 era structure. The bridge is named after Verne Skallman, the Itasca County highway engineer for over 20 years.

The photo above is looking north down the west side of the bridge. The photo below is a view from Highway US-2 northwest of the structure on a sunny late spring evening in May of 2009.

Itasca County Highway 63
Itasca County Highway 63
The photo above is a view of the bridge from the southwest corner of the structure looking down the length of the deck. The photo below is a view of the bridge from a boat landing located just east of the bridge on the south side of the river.

Itasca County Highway 63

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