9 votes

Dodd Ford Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #115417



Through truss bridge over Blue Earth River on CR 147
Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Open to one-lane traffic
Future prospects
Rehabilitated and reopened to traffic
Built 1901 by L.H. Johnson; rehabilitated in 2015-16
- L.H. Johnson
Pin-connected, 9-panel Camelback through truss
Length of largest span: 143.4 ft.
Total length: 148.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 9, 2009
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.87611, -94.18778   (decimal degrees)
43°52'34" N, 94°11'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/404572/4858798 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
Inventory numbers
MN 1461 (Minnesota bridge number)
NRHP 09001070 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 20305 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 9, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge has been rehabilitated and reopened to traffic since July 2016
  • January 13, 2014: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated status per posting.
  • October 24, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status
  • September 21, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • December 18, 2009: Posted to National Register of Historic Places
  • May 9, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed truss type to Camelback
  • June 16, 2008: New photos from Historic American Engineering Record



Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted November 9, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted November 7, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Heard from a couple of gentlemen in Good Thunder that this bridge has been reopened

Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted August 14, 2014, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

High bids stall bridge preservation effort:


Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted July 8, 2014, by ArtS

Unfortunately, it sounds like the truss will be decorative:


Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted January 13, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Depends on the manner in which the beams will be placed. In Minneapolis, I saw a truss in which the entire bottom chord, flooring system, and basically the lower portion of the verticals were either removed or encased in concrete on top of replacement bridge... a huge loss of integrity, materials, and function. In contrast, sometimes, they just put stringers underneath the floor beams, and thus the material integrity... if not the function... of the trusses is retained.

In either case, I field visited this bridge and there is no reason it could not have been rehabilitated for vehicular traffic. Nothing seriously wrong with the trusses.

Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted January 12, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

They did the same with the Merriam Street and Washington Ave bridges in Minneapolis so it's not a surprise really. At least Blue Earth County has a change of heart and decided to save this piece of history. :-)


Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted January 12, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Don't know if you could call it saved since they will be just placing it on top of a steel stringer bridge. Just makes the bridge really nice railings. But none the less at the least the truss its self is being saved.

Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted January 11, 2014, by Jake (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a very light and simple Camelback Truss.

A real beauty that deserves to be saved.

Dodd Ford Bridge
Posted October 23, 2011, by Glenn Hagfors (mnragnar [at] earthlink [dot] net)