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Prescott Drawbridge
1990 Prescott Bridge from southeast (2009).jpg
The bridge in 2009
Coordinates 44°44′56″N 92°48′17″W / 44.74889°N 92.80472°W / 44.74889; -92.80472
Carries US 10
Crosses St. Croix River (Wisconsin-Minnesota)
Locale Prescott, Wisconsin and Denmark Township, Minnesota
Official name Prescott Highway Bridge
Other name(s) Prescott Drawbridge
ID number 82010
Characteristics
Design steel girder with double-leaf bascule draw span
Total length 672 feet (205 meters)
Width 54 feet (16 meters), 4 lanes
Height 20 feet (6 meters)
History
Opened 1990
Statistics
Daily traffic 13000/day

The Prescott Drawbridge, also called the Point Douglas Drawbridge, is a steel girder bridge with a double-leaf bascule drawbridge section. The roadbed of the drawbridge span is a steel grate. The bridge carries U.S. 10 across the St. Croix River and connects Prescott, Wisconsin, with the Point Douglas park area of Denmark Township, Minnesota. This is the only highway drawbridge in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area with active traffic. It was completed in 1990 and replaced a rare regional example of a Waddell & Harrington vertical-lift bridge completed in 1922 that operated as a toll bridge from 1923 to 1946. The environmental impact statement, published in 1979, considered a higher level fixed bridge at this location.

Adjacent to the road bridge, the BNSF Railway St._Croix_Subdivision crosses the St. Croix river on a Vertical-lift bridge.

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