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Beltrami Co Yellowhead Road
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Bemidji, MN

Beltrami Co Yellowhead Road

• Structure ID: NBI 04520
• Location: River Mile 1286.4
• River Elevation: 1,339 Feet
• County: Beltrami
• Highway: Bemidji Township Road 998, Yellowhead Road
• Daily Traffic Count: 267 (2000)
• Bridge Type: Prestressed Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 174 Feet, 86 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 35 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 10 Feet
• Date Built: 2000
This generic looking prestressed concrete girder bridge looks brand new, like it just opened a few days earlier. As it turns out, it was built in 2000, so it was 6 years old when these photos were taken. The crews in Bemidji Township must really take good care of their roads and bridges to have them looking this spiffy. The downside is that not that many people will likely notice. First, very few people use this bridge despite its semi-urban location. Second, there are no parking signs posted for nearly a mile on each side of the bridge, making any effort to view the structure a hit and run type of operation.

This bridge replaced a 1915 era single lane bridge that consisted of two smaller truss sections planed end to end. The new bridge is located only 125 feet downstream from the heavily traveled US-2 and US-71 freeway bridges over the Mississippi River.

Beltrami Co Yellowhead Road
The photo above is a view from the northwest corner of the bridge. The photo below is the bridge plate. The photo at the top of the page is a view looking south down the length of the bridge from traffic level.

Beltrami Co Yellowhead Road

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