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Aitkin Co. Highway 1
Mississippi River Flood Diversion Channel Bridge
Aitkin, MN

Aitkin Co. Highway 1 Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 7142
• Location: 4.7 Miles Up Stream From End Of Diversion Channel
• River Elevation: 1,185 Feet
• County: Aitkin
• Highway: Aitkin CSAH 1
• Daily Traffic Count: 390 (2004)
• Bridge Type: Steel Girder, Timber Trestle
• Bridge Length: 218 Feet
• Bridge Width: 24 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 40 Feet (Estimated)
• Date Built: 1956
This bridge is one of two bridges that cross the Mississippi River Flood Diversion Channel north of Aitkin. This is the eastern most of the two bridges, built in 1956 when the diversion channel was constructed.

Despite being rated in good condition, the bridge still looks a bit rickety with the timber piers and such thin construction. Then again, this road does not get that much traffic, so it doesn't need to be a superhighway. The railings, however, are of a design that is no longer acceptable.

The photo above is a view of the bridge from the south bank of the channel located just west of the structure. The diversion channel was dug from flat land. The dirt removed from the channel was piled up on each side, adding to the depth of the channel. The photo below is the bridge plate.

Aitkin Co. Highway 1 Bridge
Aitkin Co. Highway 1 Bridge
The photo above is a view looking north down the length of the traffic deck. The photo below is a view from the southwest corner of the bridge.

Aitkin Co. Highway 1 Bridge

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