Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

Climax Bridge/War Memorial Bridge (Bridge 7097)

Climax Bridge/War Memorial Bridge (Bridge 7097)

War Memorial Bridge/Climax Bridge
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History & significance

The Climax Bridge, or War Memorial Bridge, is a two-span cantilevered Warren through truss bridge that was built in 1957. It carries County Road 7 over the Red River of the North, which marks the state line between Trail County, North Dakota, and Polk County, Minnesota. The bridge was designed to accommodate shifting Red River of the North soils through previously established engineering techniques such as the use of long approach spans, rocker bents, long finger expansion joints, and swivel hinges. It is significant for its truss design and exemplifying the cooperation between North Dakota and Minnesota highway departments to improve connections between the two states.

Location

Vineland Township (Polk County)
Latitude, Longitude: 47.60787565, -96.85519829

Bridge features

War Memorial Bridge/Climax Bridge

Design and construction of a cantilevered, two-span Warren with vertical through truss.

War Memorial Bridge/Climax Bridge
Use of long approach spans with rocker bents, swivel hinges,and large expansion finger joints to counteract the shifting river banks.
War Memorial Bridge/Climax Bridge

Use of long approach spans with rocker bents, swivel hinges,and large expansion finger joints to counteract the shifting river banks.

War Memorial Bridge/Climax Bridge
Use of long approach spans with rocker
bents, swivel hinges, and large
expansion finger joints to counteract the
shifting river banks.