Bridge of Hope

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Bridge of Hope
Bridge of Hope.jpg
The Bridge of Hope as viewed from the east bank of the Mississippi, north of the bridge in early-June 2006.
Coordinates 45°35′58″N 94°11′16″W / 45.59944°N 94.18778°W / 45.59944; -94.18778
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
ID number 05011
Design Precast concrete girder bridge
Total length 1711 feet
Width 85 feet
Longest span 140 feet
Clearance below 18 feet
Opened 1995

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.

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. 
  • "Session Weekly, May 26, 1995". Minnesota House of Representatives. 1995. Retrieved 2006-05-27.