Just got word today from family that lives near this bridge that it is gone and the ugly new slab is open. Sure hope these knotheads are happy, as the county is down to only a few truss bridges (enough to count on one hand), and it's a geographically HUGE county. Carlton County, just to the south, is rehabbing their beautiful St. Louis River bridge (Hwy. 210), and are claiming that the bridge will last another 50 years! St. Louis County could have done that and come out ahead, as I'm sure theIr stupid new bridge will need replacement before Carlton County's rehabilitated historic bridge will!
Sadly, this bridge's number has been drawn--the road is closed, and the bridge is being replaced. This was the last heavy Depression-era through truss bridge left in the county.
Visited this bridge today-open to traffic and had probably 15 vehicles cross it (including three heavy trucks) in the ten minutes or so I was there. Nice bridge. Attached a couple pics.
Boy, I'd hate to see this one go. I have catfished around this bridge since the late 60's. Been away since the early 70's except for visits. Another great bridge was Co #8 about a mile or two upstream. It got 'upgraded' about 10 years ago. This bridge (the #7) holds great memories. I can still hear the cars go 'clunk - clunk' over it.
Sorry, that's 2010! (That pesky year change got me!)
This bridge was suddenly closed around January 15, 2009, due to a tractor-trailer with a large piece of heavy equipment that struck the overhead sway bracing when it attempted to cross. The bridge is owned by St. Louis County, and ironically, so was the truck that hit it. I would have thought that a St. Louis County truck driver would know his own dimensions and those of a St. Louis County highway bridge, but there I go thinking again...
According to the St. Louis County website, engineers are currently assessing damage and are considering what to do as far as repair. I certainly hope that they choose to repair the bridge rather than replace it, as this would be a devastating loss to the community and the county: This is one of the last remaining Depression-era heavy thru-truss bridges left on any roadway in St. Louis County.