Mississippi River Bridge (La Crosse, Wisconsin)

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Mississippi River Bridge
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Cass Cameron Bridges.jpg
Coordinates 43°48′33″N 91°15′34″W / 43.80917°N 91.25944°W / 43.80917; -91.25944Coordinates: 43°48′33″N 91°15′34″W / 43.80917°N 91.25944°W / 43.80917; -91.25944
Carries 4 lanes of US 14 / US 61/ WIS 16
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale La Crosse, Wisconsin and La Crescent, Minnesota
Other name(s)

Cass Street Bridge and Cameron Avenue Bridge

The Big Blue Bridges
Design Cantilever bridge (Cass Street)
Tied arch bridge (Cameron Avenue)
Total length 2,532 feet (772 m) (Cass Street)
2,573 feet (784 m) (Cameron Avenue)
Width 30 feet (9 m) (Cass Street)
50 feet (15 m) (Cameron Avenue)
Longest span 475 feet (145 m) (Cameron Avenue)
Clearance below 67 feet (20 m) (Cass Street)
68 feet (21 m) (Cameron Avenue)
Opened July 1940 (Cass Street)
November 17, 2004 (Cameron Avenue)[1]

The Mississippi River Bridge is a combination of two individual bridges which are also known as the Cass Street bridge and the Cameron Avenue bridge, as well as the Big Blue Bridges. They connect downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin to Barron Island, crossing the east channel of the Mississippi River. Another bridge, the La Crosse West Channel Bridge connects Barron Island to La Crescent, Minnesota. The Mississippi River Bridge carries U.S. Routes 14 and 61 with WI 16 and MN 16. There is another bridge about four miles upstream in the area, the I-90 Mississippi River Bridge that connects North La Crosse, French Island, and Dresbach, Minnesota.

Wagon bridge, 1891 
View from Riverside Park in downtown La Crosse 
Big Blue Bridge 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Mississippi River Bridge, La Crosse, WI

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