Issues: Rust is a problem, especially between some of the plates that are riveted together. The steel has been eaten away in some areas.
Fracture critical? Yes
Structurally deficient? No
Sufficiency rating: 40.3
Deck rating: 5
Superstructure rating: 5
Substructure rating: 5
Length: 1,285 feet
Width: 26.5 feet
Average daily traffic: 2,100 vehicles
Passes over: Rainy River into Rainy River, Ontario, Canada
Constructed in: 1959
Construction starts: Between 2016 and 2018. Officials from Ontario and Minnesota are coordinating funds.
Construction should finish Between 2018 and 2020 — a two-year project
Cost: $40 and $70 million for Minnesota. Ontario will pay the other half.
Detour: No plans are set. One option is to build the new bridge next to the current one so that traffic can run on the old bridge during construction.
New bridge: Steel conventional modern design. It will have wider shoulders and a pedestrian walkway.
Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Alleen Brown is a senior journalism and global studies student at the University of Minnesota.