MAP: Where Are Hudson's Bridges? How Safe Are They?

Two Hudson bridges — one on Trout Brook Road and another at I-94 & Highway 35 are classified as "Structurally Deficient" by federal and state authorities. The bridge on Carmichael Road over Albert Street is "Functionally Obsolete."

Click on the map above to find out facts about each of Hudson's many bridges.

Source: National Bridge Inventory Database.

Carbon Bigfuut July 31, 2012 at 10:33 PM
So the bridge on I-94 at southbound hwy. 35, which is only about 10 years old, is structurally deficient? There are 2 bridges there, one for each direction of the freeway. Which one is failing? It's interesting to see that your map also shows RR bridges, but doesn't have information for the RR bridge over the St. Croix at Hudson.
Micheal Foley July 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Perhaps that railroad bridge is in the system as a Minnesota bridge. I'm just going off the information labeled "Hudson" right now. You'll notice the Hanley overpass (Troy) isn't included either. I'm thinking I'll go driving around later to take note of any others that may be of interest to Hudson folks.
Micheal Foley July 31, 2012 at 10:45 PM
According to the data in the map, the "structurally deficient" bridge at I-94 and Highway 35 was built in 1972. That's 40 years old, not 10 years old.
Carbon Bigfuut July 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I know the original bridges at I-94 and 35 were replaced about 10 years ago. The original highway 35 roadbed crosses Stageline Rd. and goes north just east of the movie theatre. You can see on both the north and south side of 94 where that crossing was. The bridge for crossing 94 at exit 4 was probably built at the same time.
Frazzle August 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
What does structurally obsolete mean?
Frazzle August 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I am sorry I mean functionally obsolete.
Micheal Foley August 01, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I did quick Google search for "functionally obsolete bridge definition" and I found this Ohio site: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/DIVISIONS/COMMUNICATIONS/BRIDGINGTHEGAP/Pages/BridgeTermDefinitions.aspx Here's how they define it: Functionally Obsolete A functionally obsolete bridge is one that was built to standards that are not used today. These bridges are not automatically rated as structurally deficient, nor are they inherently unsafe. Functionally obsolete bridges are those that do not have adequate lane widths, shoulder widths, or vertical clearances to serve current traffic demand, or those that may be occasionally flooded. A functionally obsolete bridge is similar to an older house. A house built in 1950 might be perfectly acceptable to live in, but it does not meet all of today’s building codes. Yet, when it comes time to consider upgrading that house or making improvements, the owner must look at ways to bring the structure up to current standards.
Chris August 01, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Michael, The intersection of I-94 and Highway 35 was changed 10 years ago when Highway 35 was upgraded from a two lane highway to it's current 4 lane. You can imagine where the bridge used to be if you go to the road to the movie theatre -- called Old Highway 35.
Micheal Foley August 01, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Perhaps someone should tell the folks who run the National Bridge Inventory Database.
DianeT August 01, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Considering today marks the 5-year anniversary of the 35-W bridge collapse, classifications such as these should not be brushed off.
Frazzle August 01, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I wonder if the school board is aware of this since they want to new school on that side of town?
country boy August 01, 2012 at 01:50 PM
It is amazing that these bridges have been under scrutiny for a few years...yet nothing has been done to remedy the situations. Functionally obsolete would also include the government entities/officials (local, state,federal) that are in charge of the maintenance/care these bridges. Functionally dysfunctional is a better description of your elected folks that are "in charge". Expect more reports and inaction on their part, thereby extending the problems further. Let us hope that some sort of action will commence to change these situations soon.
Micheal Foley August 01, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Tracy Habisch-Ahlin, communications coordinator for the Hudson School District issued the following statement today: "A recent post on Hudson Patch identified local bridges that have been listed as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete on the National Bridge Inventory. The Carmichael/Albert Street bridges are listed as functionally obsolete. "The Carmichael/Albert Street bridges have been inspected and are safe. According to Jeff Durkee, St. Croix County highway engineer and Certified Bridge Inspector, the bridges are structurally sufficient and are in very good condition, including the deck, superstructure and substructure."
Hudsoner August 02, 2012 at 12:48 PM
country boy, now you confuse me! Aren't you one of the people who is calling for less government, less taxes, etc.? And now you want more government involvement and more taxpayers money spent? Do you suffer from the "not in my back yard" syndrome?
country boy August 02, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Hudsoner, The govmnt is involved...unfortunately..that is who has claimed ownership of our infrastructure. The point here is that these problems should have been taken care of a while ago. That is the responsibility of "our" inefficient government officials. Taxes went to build the bridges and should go to maintain them. The govmnt is not doing the job of maintaining the infrastructure that they collect taxes for...plain and simple nothing more, nothing less. Is your safety and everyone else's taking a backseat here? If so, your argument is mute. If you are confused it is of your own accord. The "not in my back yard" syndrome has nothing to do with the bridge(s) situation. The bridges are not just in my backyard..they are in yours and every driver that use them. You have your opinion and I have mine....plain and simple.


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