Rating:
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Bear Creek Bridge

Photos 

taken 7/17/2010

Photo taken by Benjamin Cole

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BH Photo #177369

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Nature RD
Location
Fillmore County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
To be replaced by new bridge; old bridge to be converted to fishing pier
History
Built 1906
Builder
- A.Y. Bayne & Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Design
6-panel, pin-connected, Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 98.4 ft.
Total length: 118.4 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Nature Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.75306, -92.28778   (decimal degrees)
43°45'11" N, 92°17'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/557338/4844692 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Washington
Inventory numbers
MN L4885 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20358 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 20.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1973)
70

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--this bridge has been bypassed and left in place.
  • November 30, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated design type
  • September 12, 2010: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • June 6, 2009: Updated by Brian McKee: changed road name from CR to TR

Sources 

  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Benjamin Cole - mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Matt Lohry
  • Bluff Country News - Aug. 6, 2015

Comments 

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 23, 2016, by Don Morrison

The linked article in Bluff Country News says the bridge is to become a fishing pier. So monumented it is.

Much better than the awful ACoE suggestion to mount it's upper truss structure as decoration on a new bridge as mentioned in the article.

Just about every river up here in the northeast Iowa

/southeast Minnesota area is approaching flood stage right now, so I hope the bridge is ok.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nathan just has a quicker trigger finger than you Matt!! ;-)

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Nathan Holth (Webmaster [at] HistoricBridges [dot] org)

Matt... Great minds think alike... And apparently at the same time as well! As an afterthought I also wonder if this bridge's fate was part of a management plan, I think the state made those for some bridges although I haven't looked at this for a while.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Nathan,

Jinx!! Looks like we posted very similar comments at the same time :>)

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Matt Lohry

It looks like they put new permanent concrete posts in to keep heavy traffic off, so I would say that they plan to keep it around for pedestrians and bicycles; maybe a trail will eventually be placed across.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Joe,

It looks like the contractor is no longer on-site, and it also looks like new bollards were installed at the ends of the bridge. That being the case, I would guess the bridge has been "monumented" meaning it has been bypassed and abandoned with no restoration work undertaken.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is still standing but no longer carries traffic. A new bridge is in place on a new parallel alignment. At this point I don't know if the old bridge will be demolished or kept in place for a trail.

Bear Creek Bridge Nature RD.
Posted October 3, 2014, by Joe Fishbein (jmf [at] visi [dot] com)

Inspected this bridge 10/1/14.