Betty Adkins Bridge

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Betty Adkins Bridge
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Coordinates 45°17′19″N 93°33′29″W / 45.28861°N 93.55806°W / 45.28861; -93.55806
Carries Four lanes of MN 101
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale Elk River, Minnesota
Maintained by Minnesota Department of Transportation
ID number 86005 (southbound)
Design Plate girder bridge (northbound), concrete girder bridge (southbound)
Total length 708 feet
Width 45 feet (southbound)
Longest span 150 feet
Clearance below 32 feet
Opened 2001 (northbound), 1993 (southbound)
Daily traffic 46,000

Betty Adkins Bridge is a pair of concrete girder bridges spanning the Mississippi River between Otsego, Minnesota and Elk River, Minnesota. The northbound bridge was built in 2001, replacing a plate girder bridge that was originally built in 1967 as a two-lane bridge for Minnesota State Highway 101 when the highway was rerouted around Elk River. The southbound bridge was built in 1993 when Highway 101 was expanded to four lanes.

The bridge is named for Betty Adkins, a DFL state senator from St. Michael, Minnesota who served 12 years in the Minnesota Legislature. Despite battling cancer and losing her daughter and grandson in a car accident, she was known for her resilient character.

See also[edit]


  • Costello, Mary Charlotte (2002). Climbing the Mississippi River Bridge by Bridge, Volume Two: Minnesota. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications. ISBN 0-9644518-2-4.