The bridge itself is an attempt to make an attractive structure out of an otherwise routine bridge. The bridge features broken wall concrete accents and ornamental iron railings. Unfortunately, form carried more weight than function, and the bridge needs to be updated to meet current standards. The key problem is the railings. They are simply bolted to the deck. This might hold up a pedestrian, but it offers little resistance to a speeding car. In addition, the open bottom of the railing allows snow that is kicked up from a snowplow to go through the railing and into the river. That is not good since it pollutes the water and adds salt to the river. What is needed is a large concrete railing, or at least a healthy sized curb.
An interesting detail is that the construction records and NBI database state that the bridge was built and open before the end of 1975, yet the bridge plate has 1976. I do not know why there is a difference in the dates, but I suspect that the bridge may have been open ahead of schedule, or possibly opened before final construction details were completed.
The photo above is a view under the bridge from the water level at the southwest corner of the bridge. Steel remains from the previous bridge at this location are visible in the lower left corner corner of the photograph. The photo below is a view from the northwest corner of the bridge looking east across the traffic deck. Several groups of people are enjoying the unusually warm spring day to try their luck at fishing.