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Okabena Creek Bridge


side view

Photo taken by Kevin Hlavac; submitted by Jason Smith in June 2009

BH Photo #141214



Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Okabena Creek on 340th Ave., 0.3 miles N of CSAH 18
Jackson County, Minnesota
Open to traffic but plans are in the making to replace this structure before 2017
Future prospects
To be replaced before 2017
Built 1917
This bridge is the first long-span concrete through girder bridge built in MN. Originally, it was supposed to be a pony truss bridge built here, but because of the shortage of steel, the county resorted to concrete to build this bridge. The design eventually became the norm for bridge construction after World War I.
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 64.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bridge 2628
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.70793, -95.39543   (decimal degrees)
43°42'29" N, 95°23'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/307006/4842222 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1988)
Inventory numbers
MN 2628 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 42750 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1917 (642)
Built during 1910s (9,724)
Concrete girder (1,019)
Doomed (1,000)
Girder (10,430)
Jackson County, Minnesota (34)
Minnesota (1,539)
NR-eligible (4,060)
Open (40,011)
Owned by county (20,977)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,145)
Structurally deficient (13,850)
Through girder (3,889)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,341)

Update Log 

  • June 5, 2014: Updated by Jason Smith: To be replaced before 2017
  • June 12, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Imported NBI Information
  • March 13, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated GPS coordinates
  • June 9, 2009: Added by Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Matt Lohry
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Okabena Creek Bridge
Posted June 5, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Do you know why it is being replaced?


Art S.

Okabena Creek Bridge
Posted June 5, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

This bridge's future is in doubt, but public discussions on how to replace the bridge is in the works: Any ideas on what to do with this bridge? http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2014/06/05/what-to-do-...