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Eisenhower Bridge


Inside the bridge

Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #177172

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Mississippi River on US 63 in Red Wing
Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, and Pierce County, Wisconsin
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1958
Continuous Warren Through Truss with V-frame portal bracing
Length of largest span: 432.1 ft.
Total length: 1,631.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.57026, -92.53400   (decimal degrees)
44°34'13" N, 92°32'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/537001/4935319 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Red Wing
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MN 9040 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20380 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 6, 2020: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced with a slab.
  • October 14, 2019: New photos from Ben Tate
  • September 17, 2013: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • September 17, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • October 15, 2012: New photo from Fmiser
  • October 3, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 12, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith

Related Bridges 



Eisenhower Bridge
Posted September 19, 2018, by LaMar Harris (lamar [dot] l [dot] harris [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even as old as the Eisenhower Bridge is, it still looks better than the UGLY new bridge. The new bridge will be an embarassment to the people who live around here, and who must look at it for the next 60 years or so. PLEASE ... Do NOT build this EYESORE! R-E-D-E-S-I-G-N !!

Eisenhower Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In Minnesota and Wisconsin, if you screw with the bull, you get the HORNS! Indeed, it appears that someone thinks the proposed ugly replacement bridge would benefit by having horns added at the pier points...

Eisenhower Bridge
Posted February 10, 2014, by Scott Wendt (wendtsc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is NO REASON for replacement rather than rehab and retrofit of the current structure. MnDoT's sole arguement orignally was that it needed replacement because of projected traffic increases. Then, when more accurate projections showed virtually flat traffic growth, suddenly the inspection reports changed overnight. Corruption at the highest levels in order to push bigger more expensive contracts to large out-of-state corporations like Figg and Flatiron.

Not that it makes any difference now since MnDoT clearly didn't care what the public thought and were intent on building a big flat slab across the skyline, I am still going to share what I thought could have been a reasonable compromise.

I took the liberty of carving up some of their very preliminary drawings to show how for less than 1% of the total project's cost, they could dress up one of their cookie-cutter designs to at least recognize the history of the 100+ year old crossing.

By introducing simple structural panels cut to represent the delicate latticework from the 1930's High Bridge and adding full lane spanning lighting structures with the same faux latticework, it creates a bridge that looks like it evolved rather than being run over by a steamroller. The blue color and solid arches with both vertical and diagonal cabling would have paid homage to the Eisenhower bridge which served Red Wing for almost 60 years.

BTW, how can a 60 year old piece of infrastructure the size of the IKE, named after a president, crossing America's longest river, at a location spanned by truss structures for close to 100 years, in the most historic town in Minnesota NOT be considered historic?

Note: I don't own the photo of the old bridge, I believe it belongs to the Goodhue County Historical Society

Eisenhower Bridge
Posted September 17, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There is nothing wrong with this bridge, so MNDOT is going to demolish this two lane bridge and replace it with... yes another two lane bridge!