This bridge is a late example of a plate girder railroad overpass designed to provide a grade separation for a state trunk line. The bridge has protective metal shields on it, which appear to be an original detail. These are undoubtedly to catch the many taconite pellets that fall off of the railroad cars hauled on this railroad line. The cars are somewhat wasteful, since they spill enough of these pellets that the railroad line is thickly littered with these pellets.
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