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Red Wing Bridge

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Red Wing Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 4, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-63 Over Mississippi River and Railroad
Location
Red Wing and Pucketville: Goodhue County, Minnesota and Pierce County, Wisconsin
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Pin and Hanger Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1958 By Builder/Contractor: Industrial Construction Company and Engineer/Design: Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
432 Feet (131.7 Meters)
Structure Length
1631 Feet (497.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.1 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
9040

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This Bridge's Future Is At Risk!

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This historic bridge is slated for demolition and replacement by MNDOT in 2018!

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This bridge is a late, but unaltered and increasingly rare example of a cantilever through truss bridge. The bridge displays the simpler details of a mid-20th Century truss bridge, including limited use of built-up beams, and a total lack of v-lacing or lattice. The bridge does display all-riveted construction however. Had this bridge been built a few years later, the connections might have been bolted. The bridge also includes a series of deck girder approach spans which feature cantilevered beams connected by a pin and hanger detail.

The bridge was designed by Alfred Benesch of Chicago, a consulting engineer that built a noteworthy number of truss bridges in the 1950s and 1960s.

Based on a review of the original shop plans, Allied Structural Steel Companies of Chicago, Illinois was the steel contractor for the bridge, and they completed the steel work for a company named Industrial Construction Company, which was presumably the on-site general contractor.

This bridge is currently slated for demolition and replacement by MnDOT. The project website makes a big deal about the fact that this bridge is fracture critical. This, despite the fact that research has shown that fracture critical bridges are safe if routinely maintained and inspected (an expectation that should exist for all bridges). However, many DOT's like to condemn bridges using the fracture critical excuse. HistoricBridges.org did not find any serious deterioration on this bridge that could not be fixed through rehabilitation. Rehabilitation would doubtless cost vastly less than the option of demolition and replacement that MNDOT has chosen. It is unclear why taxpayer dollars are being wasted on replacing a bridge that is feasible to rehabilitate. The money saved by rehabilitation could be used to preserve additional bridges, pave roads, etc. Instead, MNDOT has taken on a misleading claim that the existing historic bridge if rehabilitated would cost more to maintain in the future. This is a silly statement to make. If the replacement bridge is built of pre-stressed concrete, it will be built of a material extremely susceptible to rapid deterioration following the formation of even very small cracks. If the replacement bridge is built of steel, it will have to be painted and protected from rust just like the existing bridge. Finally, the existing bridge's two lanes appear sufficient for traffic volumes. It is not apparent that more lanes are needed. Moreover, the proposed replacement bridge will also be two lanes. This indicates that replacement is not needed to increase traffic volume capacity.

A historic overpass is immediately southeast of this bridge.

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