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Jacobson Bridge
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Jacobson, MN

Jacobson Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 01015
• Location: River Mile 1137.5
• River Elevation: 1,227 Feet
• County: Aitkin
• Highway: MN Highway 200
• Daily Traffic Count: 1,200 (2004)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder
• Bridge Length: 200 Feet
• Bridge Width: 39 Feet, 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 11 Feet
• Date Built: 2002
The Jacobson Bridge is a very new concrete girder highway bridge. It uses concrete piers rather than tubular piles that are common on bridges located on this section of the Mississippi River. The signature feature of the Jacobson Bridge are the iron railings. They are painted bright green, a touch of color that really adds to an otherwise cookie-cutter bridge.

While the bridge is located in a very scenic area, the village of Jacobson has seen better days. In fact, it is all but gone. Perhaps that is why the locals prefer to live in this area. Beautiful scenery, great river, and a slower pace of life.

The Jacobson Bridge replaced a 1927 steel truss bridge, which replaced a ferry crossing. When the new bridge was built, the old bridge was lifted up, moved downstream a few dozen feet, and set down on temporary abutments. This provided a temporary crossing while the new bridge was being built, and cleared the existing right of way to build the replacement bridge.

The photo above is a view looking east from a boat landing located just up-river from the bridge. The photo below is a view of the river channel from the water level located downstream of the bridge on the west bank of the river.

Jacobson Bridge
Jacobson Bridge
The photo above is a view looking east down the traffic deck towards the village of Jacobson. The photo below is a view looking northeast from the southwest corner of the structure.

Jacobson Bridge

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