Chart of the Day: Saint Croix River Bridge Dimensions

I’m not sure if this technically counts as a chart, as it lacks a proper X axis, but it kinda looks like one if you squint.

st croix bridges

What you’re currently squinting as it pretty self explanatory, via the Star Tribune, the sizes, lane widths, and heights of the three existing and soon-to-be-existing bridges over the Saint Croix River from Stillwater to Hudson.

A lot of digital ink has been spilled on this topic. A friend of mine joked on Twitter that they should have Gozdilla on the chart for a size comparison.

[OK I had to do it…]

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10 Responses to Chart of the Day: Saint Croix River Bridge Dimensions

  1. Dana DeMaster
    DanaD April 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    My stepfather has been doing some of the concrete work on the bridge. His Instagram of the work has been interesting.

  2. Mike Hicks April 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Of course, it also turns out that Godzilla has been getting taller over the years.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke April 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      Thank you Mike!

      “Of course the real problem of a 55,000 ton Godzilla is the urine production. Using the handy Kaiju post, we can quickly calculate that, 151,436,928 12,921,400 gallons per day. That is about 1.8 about quarter of the hold of the largest production oil tankers.”

  3. Alex April 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    I wonder how many of the original Godzilla movies could have been made for the cost of the Stillwater Sprawl Highway. Of course, the original Godzilla will also outlast the Stillwater Sprawl Highway.

    • Julie Kosbab April 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

      Using Wikipedia’s estimate of it costing $900,000 to make in 1954, I translated that to today’s dollars using an inflation calculator.

      So, the original, in modern dollars, cost about $7.9 million.

      Total project cost of new bridge, per MNDOT, is $580-646 million (

      So we could make 73 Godzilla movies. This is more than was originally made, per

      My fave? Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla will always be a fond memory…

      • Matty Lang
        Matty Lang April 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

        And the new Godzilla movies would be a more productive use of the money.

        • Julie Kosbab April 23, 2015 at 9:34 am #

          More people would enjoy them, certainly.

      • Bill Lindeke
        Bill Lindeke April 23, 2015 at 11:21 am #

        Godzilla vs. Megalon was my favorite.

  4. Monte Castleman April 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    Also, for context the “low and slow” Stillwater alternative would have been 60 feet high.

  5. Donald Empson April 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Check out the new book on the 45 year controversy over the old/new bridge.

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