Fargo Rail Bridge

Through Girder Bridge over Red River of the North
Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota
Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

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Name Fargo Rail Bridge
Built By Northern Pacific Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 710 Feet Total, 85 Foot Main Spans
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Type Through Girder and Concrete Box Girder
Date Built 1924, Rehabilitated 2009-2013
Traffic Count 65 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
In 1871, the Northern Pacific Railroad continued building west from Dilworth, reaching Jamestown, North Dakota by 1872.

The line would eventually be double tracked. By 1909, the line was completely double tracked; and a bypass of Valley City provided for a direct route to the Pacific Coast.
The line connected several other lines, and served as the primary mainline through North Dakota.

By 1970, Northern Pacific merged with rival Great Northern; as well as the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy to form Burlington Northern, who began operations of this line.

By 1996, BN would merge with Atchsion, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad to form BNSF Railway. BNSF is the current owner of this line, naming it the Jamestown Subdivision.
The eastern end is still considered the K.O. Subdivision, another rather important line.

This bridge is one of a pair in Fargo/Moorhead which cross the Red River of the North (Red River).

The bridge was originally built in 1924 to replace a former through truss swing bridge. This bridge was built with through girder spans and trestle.

To be built as a double tracked bridge, the old piers had to be widened. This was achieved by adding concrete parapets to the swing pier.

With the two main spans being through girders, they are supported by massive concrete piers.

The approaches to this bridge were rebuilt between 2009 and 2013, with a typical modular concrete box girder design.

The photo above is an overview.

Red River of the North Railroad Bridges

Upstream Confluence of Otter Tail and Boix De Sioux Rivers
Downstream Memorial Park Rail Bridge

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