Like so many of Wisconsin's historic highway bridges, this unusual bascule bridge was demolished and replaced. It is unusual for a couple reasons. The bascule span is not in the center of the bridge, it is at the far north end, which might seem odd, but this is because the river has a canal and locks on the north shore west of the bridge. More unusual is the single span, assymetrical variable depth deck plate girder span immediately south of the bascule span. This span almost looks like another bascule span of single leaf design in appearance, but it is of fixed design. It appears to be designed to compensate for the lower bascule pier as well as the grade, as the unusual bascule location at the end of the bridge means the center approach spans are actually higher than the bascule span. However it looked unusual and contrasted with the other approach spans which were steel stringers.
HistoricBridges.org intended to photo-document this historic bridge as part of an October 2021 visit to Wisconsin. However the bridge was half demolished on arrival. HistoricBridges.org is still featuring a webpage for this bridge with photos of what was left to the bridge for a simple reason: to demonstrate the risk that historic bridges in Wisconsin face. Very few of Wisconsin's historic bridges have been preserved. Wisconsin is unusual because it has more historic railroad bridges than highway bridges, thanks to this aggressive demolition.
The only good news is there was still enough of this half-demolished bridge still standing so that a sense of how unusual this bascule bridge was, can still be seen in the photos.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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