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Soo Line ATV Trail - US 10 Overpass

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Overview

Photo taken by Jason Smith in December 2010

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BH Photo #191837

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Description 

The structure reportedly was built in 1958 to replace an earlier wooden structure over the Northern Pacific Railway. The three spans crossing the railroad may have been relocated here from elsewhere. Like the railroad bridge over the Mississippi River at Blanchard, this bridge was left in disarray when the Soo Line abandoned the Brooten- Duluth/Superior line in 1990 but was refurbished to serve as a bike trail, which was open to traffic in 2007. For more information, please refer to the Soo Line Bike Trail Bridge at Blanchard.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over US Highway 10 and BNSF Railway on Soo Line Bike Trail
Location
Royalton, Morrison County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built in 1958
Railroad
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 325.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.87876, -94.32422   (decimal degrees)
45°52'44" N, 94°19'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/397239/5081429 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Little Falls East
Inventory number
BH 47584 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 14, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "railroad"
  • January 8, 2011: Added by Jason Smith

Sources 

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

Comments 

Soo Line ATV Trail - US 10 Overpass
Posted January 14, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Northern Pacific records indicate this location was a grade crossing until 1910, when a wooden trestle was built overhead. In 1922, steel beams were added over the Northern Pacific and the "new paved state highway". It appears that the current bridge was constructed in 1958 (NBI date). I suspect the southern three spans over the railroad were secondhand material that were moved here, while the spans over US-10 were new construction.