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Sorlie Memorial Bridge


Sorlie Memorial Bridge

From ND Side

Photo taken by John Marvig in July 2012


BH Photo #235394

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Red River on Business US 2 in East Grand Forks
Polk County, Minnesota, and Grand Forks County, North Dakota
Open to traffic
Built 1929
- Minneapolis Bridge Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Through truss
Length of largest span: 278.9 ft.
Total length: 602.7 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 19, 1999
Also called
Red River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.92667, -97.03000   (decimal degrees)
47°55'36" N, 97°01'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/647158/5310027 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grand Forks
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MN 4700 (Minnesota bridge number)
NRHP 99000844 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 20544 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 23, 2021: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • April 20, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 19, 2019: New photo from Andy Peters
  • October 11, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • December 4, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • July 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder and NRHP info
  • July 17, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 30, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 9, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated name and data.



Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Posted March 19, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony: there is a specific reason for these bearings. Someone did a presentation on this bridge, I think it might have been at an SIA Conference. But a brief overview is here: https://www.dot.state.mn.us/historicbridges/4700.html

Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Posted March 19, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would expect to see rockers for the expansion end of a bridge from the late 1920's that looks like a DOT designed structure. Those rollers are unique, not like a traditional roller-nest but just two giant double-wheel rollers. I can't tell for sure how or if they are attached.

I also notice that just upstream is a nice round cut stone pier that survives from a lost swing-span. It appears to still have some of the rolling mechanism attached to it.

Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Posted June 9, 2017, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yea! It's nice to see a Minnesota bridge not slated for demolition.

Unlike the Eisenhower bridge http://bridgehunter.com/mn/goodhue/9040/ that I went across recently and could see that ground work is beginning for the new bridge.

Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Posted June 9, 2017, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

Inspected this bridge 6/7/17. Bridge was completely repainted to a battleship gray color in 2016. Looks good!

Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Posted July 17, 2012, by Nathan Holth

Interesting expansion rollers.

Red River Bridge
Posted June 11, 2007, by Casey McKenna (yablo2 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is during the spring thaw/flood of 2006. The water is about 25-30 feet above normal levels at this point.