Jack Jacobson is the Department Maintenance Bridge Inspector. Minnesota statutes require that all bridges in the state be inspected by certified personnel at least every two years to ensure that they are safe, able to carry traffic loads and are kept in good condition.
Annually, 134 bridges and large culverts are inspected, documenting the condition of all the components that make up each structure: abutments, wings, beams, deck, railings, etc. The annual inspections monitor the conditions of these items and note any changes that trigger cleaning, minor or major repairs, reduction of load limits, or closure of the bridge and roadway. This also includes inspections on large culverts or groups of culverts. View a map of Carlton County Bridges (PDF).