Issues: Cracks in the superstructure are an issue. They have been reinforced, but still necessitate replacement.
Fracture critical? Yes
Structurally deficient? No
Sufficiency rating: 48.5
Deck rating: 5
Superstructure rating: 5
Substructure Rating: 7
Length: 1,058 feet
Width: 30 feet
Average daily traffic: 1,400 vehicles (2004)
Passes over: Red River into Drayton, N.D.
Constructed in: 1954
Construction starts in: 2009 — as early as this winter
Construction should finish in: 2011
Cost: $16 million to $20 million for Minnesota. North Dakota will pay the other half.
Detour: The new bridge will be built off-line from the existing structure, so traffic will run on the old structure during construction. There may be a temporary detour for less than a week.
New bridge: Conventional modern design
Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Alleen Brown is a senior journalism and global studies student at the University of Minnesota.