Historic Bridge Needs New Home
Press Release: January 2021
The Brown County Highway Department in New Ulm is selling a steel truss bridge for $1.
The historic bridge carries a gravel road over the Minnesota River in rural Brown & Renville Counties.
Measuring only 18 feet wide, the bridge must be removed to make way for a new bridge wide enough for modern farm equipment.
The county hopes the old bridge can be reused in a park, trail system, or similar setting.
Built in 1918, Bridge 2110 is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
It is Minnesota’s most important surviving example of a pre-1925, standard-plan, Warren pony truss bridge designed by the Minnesota Highway Department.
At 80 feet long, the bridge’s Warren pony trusses are Minnesota’s longest surviving examples of this particular truss type.
“The bridge is in fair condition and a good candidate for relocation,” according to Brown County Engineer Wayne Stevens. It needs rust removal, other minor repairs, and a new coat of paint.
The new owner must pay for moving the bridge and constructing a new deck and substructures at the new location.
Brown County is accepting Letters of Interest until June 30, 2021.
CLICK HERE for the full Bridge Information Packet
For more information, contact:
Wayne Stevens, Brown County Engineer
Brown County Highway Department
1901 N. Jefferson St.
New Ulm, MN 56073