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MN State Highway 6
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Crosby, MN

MN State Highway 6

• Structure ID: NBI 18001
• Location: River Mile 1029.2
• River Elevation: 1,182 Feet
• County: Crow Wing
• Highway: MN Highway 6
• Daily Traffic Count: 3,400 (2004)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 237 Feet, 78 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 43 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 25 Feet
• Date Built: 1984
This is the southernmost of two Mississippi River crossings for MN Highway 6. This one is located a few miles north of Crosby and Ironton. The other MN-6 crossing over the great river is a few miles upstream from Grand Rapids.

This bridge is proof that MN-DOT had building prestressed concrete girder bridges down to a science by the mid-1980s. This is a beautiful example of such a routine bridge. The river in this area has low banks, so the bridge replacement project included building up the road a few feet to prevent it from flooding. This 1984 bridge replaced a 1923 era steel truss that was built on a slightly different highway alignment. That bridge was built high enough to allow a steamship to pass under it. Another example of bridge built in that manner is the Soo Line Bridge in Palisade.

The photo above is looking south along the west face of the bridge. Note the brown water color. The photo below is looking north down the length of the traffic deck.

MN State Highway 6
MN State Highway 6
The photo above is a view looking south from the northwest corner of the bridge. The photo below is the bridge plate.

MN State Highway 6

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