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Petersen Bridge


Minnesota River Bridge on Brown Co. 8 From east side

Photo taken by David Erickson

BH Photo #127161


Pony truss bridge over Minnesota River on CH3/CR8
Brown County, Minnesota, and Renville County, Minnesota
Intact but closed to all traffic in August 2017. Sold to Washington County in 2021 with intent to be relocated to Lake Elmo.
Future prospects
This bridge will be relocated to Lake Elmo in Washington County in 2021
Built 1918
Riveted Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Eden Bridge
Minnesota River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.48281, -94.82687   (decimal degrees)
44°28'58" N, 94°49'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/354725/4927123 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Morgan NE
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
MN 2110 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20316 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 29, 2021: Updated by Jason Smith: Sold. To be relocated to the Lake Elmo Preserve in Washington County.
  • March 3, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected name, added link
  • September 20, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: Changed the name of the bridge
  • March 16, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated GPS coordinates and span information
  • November 4, 2008: New photos from David Erickson



Petersen Bridge
Posted October 24, 2021, by Tony Berg (punyaps [at] newulmtel [dot] net)

Bridge is currently open. Will be removed once new bridge is finished. Planned for 2022.

Petersen Bridge
Posted July 29, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Sold. To Washington County and is expected to be relocated to Lake Elmo Park Preserve to be reused as a pedestrian and bike bridge. A win-win for both counties! :-D Link: https://www.nujournal.com/opinion/2021/07/29/one-countys-jun...

Petersen Bridge
Posted January 8, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
Petersen Bridge
Posted January 7, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Brown County Highway Department is selling this historic steel truss bridge for $1.

Built in 1918, Bridge 2110 carries a gravel road over the Minnesota River in rural Brown & Renville Counties.

It is a six-span bridge whose two main spans are 80-foot riveted steel Warren pony truss spans. The truss spans are in fair condition and a good candidate for relocation. They are 18 feet wide.

Because the bridge has a visually-low profile (being a pony truss rather than a through-truss), and because there is flexibility to omit approach spans as needed, the bridge could fit well into any number of urban or rural settings

The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places but needs to be replaced with a wider structure. The county hopes to find a new owner who can reuse the bridge on a trail, in a park, or in a similar setting.

Please see the attached Information Packet with further info on the bridge, and feel free to share it with anyone you believe may be interested.

Brown County is accepting Letters of Interest until June 30, 2021, at 4pm.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 2,915,827 bytes)

Petersen Bridge
Posted January 5, 2021, by John Marvig

Bridge is currently for sale for $1. This is the last historic non-railroad bridge in Brown County (at least thatís listed here).

Petersen Bridge
Posted June 5, 2019, by Tony berg (punyaps [at] newulmtel [dot] net)

Bridge is closed to traffic due to undercutting of piers. Fate uncertain because of low traffic count and high cost of handling a historic bridge.

Petersen Bridge
Posted September 19, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

This bridge is threatened with closure or replacement after inspection revealed that the piers have lost half of its concrete, plus some structural problems were revealed and noted. The bridge is open to traffic but probably not for long.

Link: http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x1612843887/Rural-bridge-p...