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Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (Main Channel)


Portal Vew from the south

Photo taken by Matthew Lohry in July 2009


BH Photo #154067



Cannon bottoms road is closed between Cannon Valley trail on the south and Collischan Rd on the north. On this 0.6 mile [1 km] stretch of road there are three historic, abandoned bridges. Two trusses and one concrete T-beam. This is the north most bridge spanning the main channel of the river. The other two bridges are steel trusses.


Abandoned concrete T-beam bridge over Cannon River on Cannon Bottom Road
Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota
Built 1921 by the Minnesota Highway Department
Concrete T-beam
Length of largest span: 48.3 ft.
Total length: 193.2 ft.
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.58270, -92.64456   (decimal degrees)
44°34'58" N, 92°38'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/528216/4936656 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1971)
Inventory numbers
MN 3481 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 44007 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2005)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 23, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged NBI Data
  • October 15, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: added description
  • May 7, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: I had this mistakenly classified as a concrete stringer bridge, when it is actually a T-beam bridge.
  • February 1, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Newly added to website

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  • Matt Lohry
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  • Nathan Holth


Cannon River Bridge
Posted May 7, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

I was equally upset to see the reports of the imminent doom of these three historic structures. It does not make sense to me to squander the tax money on demolition of structures that they have no intention of replacing, especially since these areas will be subsequently inaccessible by the people that use them for recreation, and since the bridges (at least the concrete one) seem to be in excellent structural condition.

Cannon River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2010, by Jake Lennington (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was down in the Cannon river bridge area this past January on old highway 61 and managed to get a picture of what appears to be the same bridge.

Also, there's a blog that talks about the various bridges in the area along the old 61 route here:


Cannon River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Wow, that is really pathetic. Not only are they wasting tax dollars, they are destroying history and a functional crossing. Further, the structural condition of this bridge appears excellent with no major spalling, cracking, etc visible, at least in the provided photos. Red Wing would should produce inspection reports that show this bridge was in imminent danger of collapse. However, I highly doubt such a report exists, since I suspect the bridge could still carry a loaded semi truck.

Cannon River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2010, by Bob Johnson (rbljohnson [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It is a pitiful shame the City of Red Wing is demolishing this bridge and 2 other bridges on this stretch of old hwy 61 this summer. The bridges have been used by snowmobiles, hunters, fisherman, bicyclist and nature lovers. I and countless others are really sad to see the bridges go.