3 votes

Long X Bridge


South end of the bridge

I was escorting an oversize load across this bridge. this is the south end.

Photo taken by Jolly Goodfellow in December 2012


BH Photo #245413

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Little Missouri River on US 85/ ND 200, 16 mi. south of ND 23
McKenzie County, North Dakota
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Being replaced as of 2019, will be demolished after new slab is complete.
Built 1959
Cantilevered Warren through truss with alternating verticals
Length of largest span: 325.1 ft.
Total length: 969.2 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.1 ft.
Also called
Little Missouri River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.59103, -103.25303   (decimal degrees)
47°35'28" N, 103°15'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/631340/5272324 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Long X Divide
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
ND 85-126-562 (North Dakota bridge number)
BH 23504 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 72.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 21, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • January 25, 2016: Updated by Andy Peters: changes name to Long X Bridge; adds article about consideration of replacement
  • December 4, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 11, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • December 28, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Truss type
  • December 28, 2012: New photos from Jolly Goodfellow



Long X Bridge
Posted November 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This article claims that one span of this (continuous) truss is supposedly going to be moved. Paul Silbernagel will move the southern span of the bridge on his ranch east of Linton to cross Beaver Creek in south central North Dakota.


Long X Bridge
Posted November 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its really pathetic that a state that has less historic bridges than almost any state, and is almost completely empty in terms of use by humans, cannot even leave a historic bridge standing next to its replacement as a monument, let alone preserve it. I mean what is this bridge in the way of? The closest human settlement to this bridge is 15 miles away and is a small city of only 6500 people! https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Long-X-Bridge-is-in-its-...

Long X Bridge
Posted April 7, 2018, by Luke
Little Missouri River Bridge
Posted May 5, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I think this guy is related to the one who took out the freshly restored covered bridge in PA. As I've known some very intelligent people that drove trucks, I'm fighting the strong urge to generalize.

Little Missouri River Bridge damage video
Posted May 5, 2014, by Craig Philpott (Cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)
Little Missouri River Bridge
Posted October 5, 2007, by Blaine E. (berikson [at] bis [dot] midco [dot] net)

Going on 50 and still in good shape.