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Forestville South Branch Root River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Robert Elder

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BH Photo #134595

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over South Branch Root River on CR 118 at Forestville
Location
Fillmore County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1899 by the Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Co.; closed to traffic in 2009
Builder
- Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Design
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 97.1 ft.
Total length: 101.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.64167, -92.21472   (decimal degrees)
43°38'30" N, 92°12'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/563336/4832374 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fountain
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
170
Inventory numbers
MN 6263 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20370 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2011)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 24, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Root River"
  • October 9, 2010: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • June 27, 2010: Updated by Ruth Reynolds: Updated Status.
  • June 6, 2009: Updated by Brian McKee: modified bridge name

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth

Comments 

Forestville South Branch Root River Bridge
Posted February 20, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This Bridge since 2009 has been CLOSED

South Branch Root River Bridge
Posted January 2, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This six panel, pin connected Pratt through truss is located within the Forrestville-Mystery Cave State Park. A vehicle pass from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is needed to enter the park, and can be obtained at the office near the bridge or at the cave entrance a few miles to the west.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.