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Old Sartell Bridge


Behind the trees

The bridge has a cream color, which makes it noticeable from behind the trees

Photo taken by Jason Smith in December 2010


BH Photo #191826

Street Views 


While the Sartell Bridge may be one of only a handful of bridges of its kind left along the Mississippi, the proximity of the bridge to the paper mill located on the Stearns County side next to the river makes the structure one of the most awkwardly located bridges in Minnesota. Problems with the bridge started almost right from the time it was built in 1914 when too much traffic forced the city in 1950 to close it to trucks to prolong its useful life. 33 years later, a new bridge, about twice its length was completed and open to traffic prompting the city to once again decide on the future of the truss bridge. Because of the fact that it was considered historic by the state, the city council decided to convert the bridge into pedestrian use in 1984. However, it did not go down well with the paper mill due to security reasons and as a result, the bridge was closed off to all traffic and now utility lines run across the bridge. Whether the bridge will again be used for pedestrian use remains to be seen...


Camelback through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Pipeline (formerly Sartell Street)
Sartell, Benton County, Minnesota, and Stearns County, Minnesota
Closed to all traffic; Future unknown as paper mill is being demolished to make way for development
Built in 1914; Closed to truck traffic in 1950; Made obsolete by a new bridge built 700 feet downstream in 1983; Converted to pedestrian traffic in 1984; Later closed to all traffic- now utility lines cross it.
- Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Camelback Pratt through truss bridge with A-frame portal bracing
Length of largest span: 135.0 ft.
Total length: 587.0 ft.
Deck width: 28.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Sartell City Bridge
Sartell Bridge (1914 Structure)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.61801, -94.20315   (decimal degrees)
45°37'05" N, 94°12'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/406198/5052311 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Cloud
Inventory number
BH 47582 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 3, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • January 27, 2014: Updated by Jason Smith: Added neighboring county. Future questionable as paper mill is being demolished for development
  • November 22, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 6, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: changed "700 miles" to !700 feet" downstream.
  • January 8, 2011: Added by Jason Smith


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Sartell Bridge (1914 structure)
Posted February 3, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Good news: The bridge will be spared. It will not be demolished along with what's left of the Verso Paper Company, according to the city developer. Yet its future remains clouded. More here:


Sartell Bridge (1914 structure)
Posted August 5, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)


I'm thinking this bridge was made obsolete by the new bridge 700 feet downstream. The bridge at Chester Illinois, ~700 miles away, is nice, but there are certainly acceptible crossings between there and Sartell. :-)

Sartell Bridge (1914 structure)
Posted August 5, 2012, by Jake (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The fate of this bridge will again come into question. The paper mill was heavily damaged in an explosion and will not reopen so this bridge might be rehabbed or torn down in the next few years.