Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

West Bridge (Bridge 6527)

West Bridge (Bridge 6527)

West Bridge
See features of the bridge

History & significance

The West Bridge is a Warren through truss built in 1908. It crosses the Watonwan River in Madelia Township in Watonwan County, and was converted from vehicular to pedestrian use in 1990. It is currently closed to all traffic. The West Bridge is significant as an example of the work of Commodore P. Jones, a bridge builder important to the history of bridge building in Minnesota. It is also significant as the earliest Warren through truss bridge remaining in Minnesota, and for its early use of riveted connections before 1913, when such connections became standard for steel highway bridges based on the specifications of the State Highway Commission of Minnesota.


City of Madelia (Watonwan County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.04446418, -94.43175090

Bridge features

West Bridge

Design and construction of riveted Warren through truss with verticals.

West Bridge
Use of rivets at panel point connections rather than
pin connections, which would have been standard practice at this time; riveted connections were not yet required by the Minnesota State Highway Commission.