Historic Bridge In Blue Earth County May Face Demolition.

 

It looks like the end could be coming for a historic bridge just south of Mankato.

Officials say the limestone blocks at the east abutment of the Ivywood Lane (Kern/Yaeger) Bridge have severe displacement that will lead to collapse in the near future.

The Blue Earth County Board says following necessary historical reviews and approvals the bridge will be salvaged…if funding and a project sponsor is found. If not, the bridge will be removed.

This bridge is a wrought iron bowstring arch truss constructed in the late 1800’s and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was closed to the public in 1991.

The $150,000 bridge project is part of the Blue Earth County Highway Department Capital Improvement Plan for 2018-2022. The plan includes more than $22-million worth of projects including work on County State Aid Highways 1, 30, 90 and 109; along with the replacement of the CSAH 52 bridge.

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