Bearskin River Bridge
Oblique of south railing
Photo taken by Matthew Lohry in June 2010
BH Photo #168709
This bridge is historically significant for being one of the first two bridges in St. Louis County to utilize the 36" rolled steel beam for the superstructure, allowing spans up to 75 feet without intermediate piers. The other example was located on CR22 and crossed the Rice River. It was replaced in 2000. This bridge is unaltered and is in excellent condition with only minor surface rust on the stringers and the railing pipes, and no spalling on the railing posts or abutments. The railings have not even been covered with Armco railings, allowing the bridge to retain its original appearance as seen from the roadway. Hopefully, the bridge's 64.2 sufficiency rating on this relatively lightly travelled road will allow it to remain for several more years.
- Steel stringer bridge over Bearskin River on Csah 5
- St. Louis County, Minnesota
- Open to traffic
- Built 1934
- - St. Louis County Hwy. Dept.
- Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 68.9 ft.
Total length: 71.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +47.82194, -93.05083 (decimal degrees)
47°49'19" N, 93°03'03" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/496195/5296511 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Bear River
- Inventory numbers
- MN 7645 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 44474 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 06/2015)
- Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.7 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
- June 28, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated description and added photos
- March 17, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry