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Chippewa Falls Railroad Bridge

Chippewa Falls Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): John Marvig

Bridge Documented: May 12, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Abandoned) Over Chippewa River
Location
Chippewa Falls: Chippewa County, Wisconsin: United States
Structure Type
Metal 13 Panel Rivet-Connected Lattice (Quadruple Warren) Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1894 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
160 Feet (48.77 Meters)
Structure Length
907 Feet (276.45 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
4 Main Span(s) and 9 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a good, and uncommon example of a multi-span lattice through truss. It is follows the earlier design of two lattice truss bridge designs typically used by the Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad. The earlier design features ornamental portal bracing.

This bridge originally had six lattice truss spans, but two 160 foot lattice truss spans were destroyed in 1993 when a fire caused a pier to burn, collapsing the spans. Following this, two riveted deck plate girder spans were relocated and reused on this bridge from the abandoned Lake Wissota Bridge. At this time, some new steel stringer spans were installed too.

Currently, the bridge has from north to south, a 24 foot steel stringer span, three 100 foot deck plate girder spans, a 12 foot steel stringer span, two 160 foot 13 panel lattice truss spans, two eight panel 100 foot lattice truss spans, and four wooden trestle spans totaling 51 feet.

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