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DeSoto Bridge
St. Cloud, Minn.

Closed on March 20, 2008, due to distorted gusset plates; demolished in October 2008 and the new bridge is on schedule to open in November 2009.

Lowry Ave. Bridge Minneapolis

Closed on April 25, 2008

Hastings High Bridge
Hastings, Minn.

Maintenance and repair one-lane only summer 2008.
Replacement moved ahead to 2010.

Winona High Bridge
Winona, Minn.

Closed June 3, 2008 due to corroded gusset plates.
Reopened to cars June 14.
Scheduled for replacement in 2012.

Here is a table with information about the 43 traffic bridges between Coon Rapids, Minn., and Muscatine, Iowa — excluding railroad and pedestrian bridges.

The sufficiency rating in the National Bridge Inventory uses four factors to generate a value between 0 and 100, with 100 being a perfect score. The rating considers lane width and other measures in addition to a bridge’s structural condition.

The term functionally obsolete refers to the bridge design, judging that in some way it is not functioning as well as a bridge at that site might. Perhaps it has too few lanes, which causes traffic jams. The term does not refer to its structural safety.

The term structurally deficient refers to a structural defect or defects that may affect bridge safety.

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From Big River Magazine, November-December 2007 Read article     Big River Updates

Bridges over the Mississippi from the Twin Cities to Muscatine, Iowa

Name(s)

West to 

East

River Mile

Year Built

Length (Spans)

Navigation Span

Sufficiency Rating

Avg. Daily Traffic 

Richard P. Braun Bridge
Minnesota Highway 610

Brooklyn Park to 

Coon Rapids, Minn.

865.0

1985

1,326 ft. (11)

122 ft.

84

42,000

(2004)

I-694 Highway Bridge

Brooklyn Center to 

Fridley, Minn.

860.4

1963-w 

1988-e

776 ft. (5)

194 ft.

82.8-westbound

90.3-eastbound

71,000 (2004)

Camden Bridge 

42nd Avenue North Bridge

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

857.8

1975

1,450 ft. (10)

244 ft.

76.6

structurally deficient

11,000 (2003)

Lowry Avenue Bridge
Scheduled to be replaced by end of 2011

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

856.4

1905

889 ft. (5)

145 ft.

41.3

structurally deficient

15,300 (2003)

Broadway Avenue Bridge

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

855.4

1986

857 ft. (4)

186 ft.

77.3

22,600 (2003)

Eighth Avenue Bridge

Plymouth Avenue Bridge

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

855.0

1980

944 ft. (5)

141 ft.

82.8

9,700 (2003)

Father Louis Hennepin Bridge

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

854.3

1988

1,037 ft. (1)

485 ft.

85.4

25,800 (2003)

Third Avenue Bridge

St. Anthony Falls Bridge

(National Register of Historic Places)

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

854.1

1917

1,887 ft. (7)
150 ft.

80.2

15,500 (2004)

I-35W Highway Bridge

(collapsed August 1, 2007)
New bridge opened in September 2008.

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

853.2

1967

1,907 ft. (3)
390 ft.

50

structurally deficient

141,000 (2004)

10th Avenue Bridge

Cedar Avenue Bridge

(National Register of Historic Places)

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

853.1

1929

2,153 ft. (7)

76.9

11,600 (2003)

Washington Avenue Bridge

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

852.6

1965

1,131 ft. (3)
228 ft.

93.9

21,500 (2003)

I-94 Highway Bridge

Dartmouth Bridge

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

851.7

1963

1,001 ft. (6)
286 ft.

85

167,000 (2004)

Franklin Avenue Bridge

Cappelen Memorial Bridge

(National Register of Historic Places)

Minneapolis to 

Minneapolis

851.5

1923

1,054 ft. (5)
275 ft.

50

structurally deficient

9,500 (2004)

Lake St./Marshall Avenue Bridge

Minneapolis to

St. Paul

849.9

1989

1,484 ft. (2)
228 ft.

89.9

13,200 (2004)

Ford Parkway Bridge

Intercity Bridge

Minneapolis to 

St. Paul

847.8

1927

1,524 ft. (5)
188 ft.

77.4

functionally obsolete

22,500 (2003)

West Seventh Street Bridge

Fort Road Bridge

Ft Snelling, Minn., to 

St Paul

845.6

1961

1,198 ft. (7)
258 ft.

67

56,000 (2004)

I-35E Highway Bridge

Lexington Bridge

Mendota Heights, Minn. to St. Paul

843.3

2001

1,406 ft. (6)
330 ft.

85

75,000 (2004)

Smith Avenue Bridge

High Bridge

St. Paul to 

St. Paul

840.5

1986

2,770 ft. (3)
210 ft.

85.3

18,000 (2004)

Wabasha Street Bridge

St. Paul to

St. Paul

839.5

1996

1,253 ft.

316 ft.

97.5

5,800 (2001)

Robert Street Bridge

(National Register of Historic Places)

St. Paul to

St. Paul

839.2

1926

1,429 ft. (8)
158 ft.

73.6

functionally obsolete

19,000 (2004)

Lafayette Bridge

Federal Highway 52 Bridge
Scheduled for replacement in 2010.

St. Paul to 

St. Paul

838.8

1968

3,366 ft. (3)
350 ft.

49.5

structurally deficient

81,000 (2004)

I-494 Highway Bridge

Wakota Bridge

(under construction)

S. St. Paul to 

Newport, Minn.

832.4

2003

1,892 ft.

82

89,000

(2004)

St. Paul Park Bridge

(closed in 1999)

Inver Grove Heights to 

St. Paul Park, Minn.

830.3

1895

1,661 (1)

192 ft.

3,900

(1998)

Federal Hwy 61 Bridge

Hastings High Bridge
Maintenance and repair Summer 2008; Replacement moved up to 2010

Hastings, Minn.

813.9

1950

1,857 ft. (3)
502 ft.

49.1

functionally obsolete

32,500 (2004)

Federal Highway 63 Bridge

Eisenhower Bridge
Scheduled for replacement in 2018.

Red Wing, Minn., to 

Hager City, Wis.

790.6

1958

1,631 ft. (3)
420 ft.

44.8

11,500 (2004)

State Highway 25 Bridge

Wabasha-Nelson Bridge

Wabasha, Minn., to 

Nelson, Wis.

760.2

1987

2,462 ft. (1)
402 ft.

73.5

4,750 (2004)

Winona Bridge
closed June 3, 2008
Reopened to cars June 14
Scheduled for replacement in 2014.

Winona, Minn., to 

Bluff Siding, Wis.

725.8

1941

2,288 ft. (3)
534 ft.

49.8

11,900 (2004)

I-90 Highway Bridge

Dresbach Bridge

Scheduled for replacement in 2012.

Winona Cnty, Minn., to Campbell Tnshp, Wis

701.8

1967

2,490 ft. (12)
411 ft.

77

26,000 (2004)

Cass Street Bridge (westbound)

Cameron Avenue Bridge (eastbound)

La Crescent, Minn., to 

La Crosse, Wis.

697.5

1940-w

 

2004-e

2,532 ft. (3)-w
462 ft.

2,573 ft. (3)-e
475 ft

65-w


86-e

22,296

(2003)

19,800

(2003)

State Highway 82 Bridge
Black Hawk Bridge

Lansing, Iowa to 

Vernon County, Wis.

663.4

1931

1,631 ft. (3)
640 ft.

39.9

functionally obsolete

2,290 (2004)

Federal Highway 18 Bridge

Marquette-Joliet Bridge

Marquette, Iowa, to 

Prairie du Chien, Wis.

634.7

1974

1,916 ft (10)
450 ft.

74.7

12,000 (2002)

City Island Bridge

Federal Highway 61 Bridge

Dubuque, Iowa, to 

Grant County, Wis.

581.3

1982

2,951 ft. (1)
635 ft.

87.4

18,400 (2004)

Julien Dubuque Highway Bridge

Dubuque, Iowa, to 

East Dubuque, Ill.

579.3

1943

5,761 ft. (3)
803 ft.

43.4

functionally obsolete

26,800 (2004)

Savanna Highway Bridge

(National Register of Historic Places)

Sabula, Iowa, to 

Savanna, Ill. 

537.8

1932

2,481 ft. (4)
508 ft.

45.9

functionally obsolete

2,450 (2005)

North Clinton Bridge

Lyons-Fulton Bridge

Clinton, Iowa, to 

Fulton, Ill.

520.0

1974

3,013 ft. (3)
450 ft.

65.7

functionally obsolete

9,800 (2004)

Clinton Highway Bridge

Gateway Bridge

Clinton, Iowa, to 

E. Clinton, Ill. 

518.1

1956

4,166 ft. (1)
568 ft.

56.6

functionally obsolete

10,000 (2004)

I-80 Highway Bridge

Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge

LeClaire, Iowa, to 

Hampton Township, Ill.

495.4

1967

3,488 ft. (16)
350 ft.

65

26,000 (2005)

Iowa-Illinois Memorial Highway Bridge

Bettendorf, Iowa, to

Moline, Ill.

485.8

N: 1935

S: 1960

5,149 ft. (3)

710 ft.

5,018 ft. (3)

60.6

functionally obsolete

32,900 (2005)

Iowa Interstate RR and U.S. Govt. Railroad and Highway Bridge

(National Register of Historic Places)

Davenport, Iowa, to 

Rock Island, Ill.

482.9

1896

1,848 ft. (1)
110 ft.

26.4

functionally obsolete

structurally deficient

18,415 (2003)

Centennial Highway Bridge

Davenport, Iowa, to 

Rock Island, Ill.

482.1

1940

3,854 ft. (5)
517 ft.

43.5

25,500 (2005)

I-280 Highway Bridge

Davenport, Iowa, to 

Rock Island, Ill.

478.3

1970

4,194 ft. (1)
519 ft

67.9

21,200 (2004)

Muscatine Highway Bridge

Norbert F Beckey Bridge

Muscatine, Iowa, to 

Rock Island County, Ill.

455.9

1972

3,018 ft. (1)

500 ft.

66.6

4,150 (2004)

This chart was originally published in November 2007. Read more  Since then, two of the bridges have been closed (one reopened with restrictions) and one is under emergency repair. Another bridge, not on this chart because it is north of the Twin Cities, the De Soto Bridge in St. Cloud, Minn., was closed on March 20, 2008, due to distortions in gusset plates.

Bridges Updates from Big River Magazine: May-June 2008  March-April 2008