The Robert K. Horn bridge is a prestressed concrete girder bridge. The
river runs at an angle to the road, so the entire bridge is built at that
angle. This includes the bridge abutments and the large massive piers.
The Horn bridge is the first bridge to be built at this location. It was
constructed to be a relief route for the only other highway bridge in the
central part of Grand Rapids. It is named after former Grand Rapids mayor
Robert K. Horn.
For the traveler, this bridge will represent a transition. Upstream, we
find a number of lakes and dams, and a rapid drop in the river elevation.
Heading downriver towards the Brainerd Lakes area, we find a very different
river, one that is moves very slow, drops very little in elevation, and is
very, very crooked. The river has an almost uncountable number of oxbow
loops, switchbacks, and squiggles.
The photo above is a view looking north along the east face of the
bridge. The photo below is a view under the bridge from the water level
at the southwest corner of the structure. The photo at the top of the
page is a view looking north down the length of the traffic deck.
The photo above is a view of the bridge looking downriver from a city park
located about 1000 feet upriver. The photo below is a highway sign
announcing the bridge name.