This bridge originally crossed the White River in downtown Burlington at roughly the location of Bridge Street Bridge. It is the oldest known truss bridge in the entire state of Wisconsin. It is also an extremely early example of a pin-connected Pratt truss bridge, having been built at a time when the bowstring truss bridge was still more commonly built. The bridge contains eight panels.
This bridge is nationally significant as an extremely unusual bridge utilizing structural details that predate the standardization that occurred during the 1880s. It features unusual poles for sway bracing. In addition, and most noteworthy, the central vertical members display one of the most unusual designs of built-up beams ever encountered. With these members, a series of tubes and web straps located between the channels act in a similar way as v-lacing, but instead forming a corrugation. The hip verticals display the more traditional channels with v-lacing design.
Currently, HistoricBridges.org lacks a full photo-documentation of this bridge and only has a few overview photos of this bridge. This bridge is scheduled for a full photo documentation in the future. In the meantime, browse the HAER pages for the bridge or consult http://bridgehunter.com/wi/racine/bieneman/
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