Issues: The bridge is nearing the end of its design life and is wearing out in general.
Fracture critical? Yes
Structurally deficient? No
Sufficiency rating: 44.8
Deck rating: 6
Superstructure rating: 6
Substructure rating: 5
Length: 1,630 feet
Width: 37 feet
Average daily traffic: 11,500 vehicles (2004)
Passes over: Mississippi River into Hager city, Wisconsin
Constructed in: 1958
Construction starts in: 2018
Construction should finish in: 2020
Cost: $115 million to $215 million for Minnesota. Wisconsin will pay the other half.
Detour: Planners hope to avoid a detour. The new bridge has not been designed, so details are unavailable.
New Bridge: To be determined.
Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Alleen Brown is a senior journalism and global studies student at the University of Minnesota.