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McGilvray Road Bridge Number 6

   


McGilvray Road Bridge Number 6

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 9, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
McGilvray Road Over Black River Bottoms
Location
Rural: La Crosse County, Wisconsin
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: La Crosse Bridge and Steel Company of La Crosse, Wisconsin and Engineer/Design: Charles M. Horton

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1997
Main Span Length
48 Feet (14.6 Meters)
Structure Length
50 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
17 Feet (5.2 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This webpage and narrative you are currently viewing is for Bridge #6 on McGilvray Road. This page provides a discussion of McGilvray Road Bridge #6 specifically. Please also view the McGilvray Road Bridge #1 which includes a general overview discussions of McGilvray Road and the six bridges. It is on that page that you will find a detailed discussion of the details that make the bowstring bridges on this road so unique and significant. The below map shows McGilvray Road as it exists today. You can click on the name of a bridge to switch to a particular bridge's page.

This is the westernmost bridge on McGilvray Road, and one of the two oldest. Of the five bowstring truss bridges on the road, this is the shortest of them all with a length of only 50 feet. As a result of this shorter length, it is also the only bowstring on the road that is composed of four panels instead of five. The four panel configuration places one of the vertical members in the exact center of the bridge, giving the top chord a somewhat less curved, and more pointed appearance than the other bowstring bridges. This bridge, prior to rehabilitation in the 1990s, had fallen down four feet at the west end due to abutment failure. This has been corrected and the bridge is once again structurally sound.

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