Bridge of Hope
|Bridge of Hope|
The Bridge of Hope as viewed from the east bank of the Mississippi, north of the bridge in early-June 2006.
|Carries||Four lanes of MN 15|
|Crosses||Mississippi River, BNSF Railway, Benton Drive (Benton County Road 33)|
|Locale||Sauk Rapids, Minnesota|
|Maintained by||Minnesota Department of Transportation|
|Design||Precast concrete girder bridge|
|Total length||1711 feet|
|Longest span||140 feet|
|Clearance below||18 feet|
The Bridge of Hope is a concrete girder bridge that spans the Mississippi River between Sartell, Minnesota and Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. The bridge was completed eight months early, aided by favorable weather and trouble-free construction. It was built in 1995 and was designed by Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Jim Hill Group.
The bridge is named in honor of Jacob Wetterling, a boy who was abducted from St. Joseph, Minnesota in 1989. The name was chosen by a group of high school students who wanted to memorialize Wetterling and other missing children.
- Costello, Mary Charlotte (2002). Climbing the Mississippi River Bridge by Bridge, Volume Two: Minnesota. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications. ISBN 0-9644518-2-4.
- "Session Weekly, May 26, 1995". Minnesota House of Representatives. 1995. Retrieved 2006-05-27.
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