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Embarrass River Bridge


Portal looking north

Photo taken by Matt Lohry


BH Photo #336854


Lost Warren with all verticals pony truss bridge over Embarrass River on CR 796
St. Louis County, Minnesota
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1919, replaced 2016
Warren pony truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 78.4 ft.
Total length: 83.7 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.68194, -92.09722   (decimal degrees)
47°40'55" N, 92°05'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/567755/5281345 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Isaac Lake
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory numbers
MN 88773 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20613 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 4, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
  • August 31, 2015: New photos from Matt Lohry


  • Matt Lohry


Embarrass River Bridge
Posted September 18, 2017, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been replaced by a single-span steel girder bridge with timber deck and rails and a bituminous overlay (Bridge No. 69A58).

Embarrass River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2017, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to the St. Louis County engineer, this bridge has been removed and a replacement is being constructed. We will be in the area in September for other bridge inspections and will verify the status of this one.

Embarrass River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Another deserving recipient of the infamous filthy toilet award; nice work, Tony! I swear, St. Louis County probably has "truss bridges suck" stenciled across the front of their wrecking ball. There is still one truss bridge (a Pratt through truss) left outside of Duluth that is still in service, and it's only a few miles from my childhood home (where my folks still live). Since it's in this county, I don't expect that it will be around for too much longer, however...


Embarrass River Bridge
Posted July 6, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

On the bright side, it helps create an entire area I don't have to ever bother visiting. I can drive straight from Duluth to Thunder Bay and not miss anything. Saves on time. Too bad the county can't just demolish itself from the space-time continuum then I could save even more time.

On a more serious note, being as this website doesn't do Canada, I should give you folks the heads up if you ever do make the ridiculously long drive to see the magnificent Duluth Lift Bridge (and other Duluth bridges), you might as well continue on up to Thunder Bay, which has three extremely unusual movable bridges. A Strauss bascule, Scherzer bascule, and swing. All three were originally built as RR/HWY combos, two/three continue to function in this way.

Embarrass River Bridge
Posted July 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well Matt, at 5 ADT I figure that new ugly will pay for itself in about... NEVER!

Here... I think you might need this...

Todd Baslee photo

Embarrass River Bridge
Posted July 6, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Kudos to St. Louis County, the most truss bridge-hating county in the state, this is the last remaining pony truss bridge in service in the county and it is currently being replaced!

Embarrass River Bridge
Posted August 31, 2015, by Matt Lohry

Joe, you reminded me that I had pics to post; thanks!

Embarrass River Bridge
Posted August 31, 2015, by Joe Fishbein (jmf [at] visi [dot] com)

Inspected this bridge on 8/26/2015. It has some serious structural issues, with significant section loss on lower chords and floorbeams. The county is reducing the posting from 10/12/12 tons to 3 tons.