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
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.
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.