The bridges included here are available for relocation. These bridges have been determined eligible for or are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, in large part because they are representative of a particular bridge type, were designed or constructed by an important Minnesota-bridge designer or builder, and/or for their historic value to Minnesota’s engineering heritage. Many of these bridges are ideally suited for rehabilitation at a new location for pedestrian use along trails or within parks. Additional information on the bridges and how to apply to own these significant structures can be found below.
History & significance
The Kern Bridge was a single-span, wrought-iron, bowstring arch through truss resting on limestone abutments. The bridge was located in in the southeast corner of South Bend Township in Blue Earth County. The bridge was constructed by John Mahowald and the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in 1873. The bridge was significant as the only example of a bowstring through truss bridge in Minnesota and for its exceptional span length.
The bridge was removed from this site, dismantled, and stored for relocation in winter 2020. View a video (YouTube) of the removal.
Federal (FHWA Funds) are available to cover 80 percent with state or local match of 20 percent required.
- Requirements: Bridge must be rehabilitate to historic standards (Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Projects). All FHWA/MnDOT rules and requirements must be followed.
- Qualifications: Cities, counties and state agencies. Cities of less than 5,000 population must have county sponsor. Similar to ATP Transportation Alternatives, letter of intent (coming soon) followed by a formal application needed.
- Kern Bridge Solicitation for Relocation - Memo & Letter of Intent (PDF)
- Historic Bowstring Truss Kern Bridge - Information Sheet (PDF)
- MnDOT soliciting interest in historic bowstring arch Bridge - News Release (PDF)
- 7-30-2020 FAQ
- LIDAR laserscan of Kern bridge before it was removed from the Le Sueur River is available by request, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Catalogue of pieces 1 & 2 – Catalogue 1, “Sheet 1” tab shows all the pieces and their corresponding location and piece mark. The numbered tabs correspond to the individual containers and the pieces which have been loaded into these containers. Catalogue 2 is available by request, email@example.com.
- Photos of dismantled pieces in containers.
- For more information contact: