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Main Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 18, 2021

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Main Street (WI-19) Over Rock River
Location
Watertown: Jefferson County, Wisconsin: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Open Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1931 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
1981
Main Span Length
105.6 Feet (32.2 Meters)
Structure Length
197.0 Feet (60 Meters)
Roadway Width
42 Feet (12.8 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
B28090600000000

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This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: Slated for demolition and replacement in Spring 2026

True to WisDOT's standard approach to historic bridge preservation, this beautiful arch bridge, which is a landmark gateway into the historic downtown, is now targeted for demolition and replacement! More information is here.

As a historic bridge that is a gateway into a historic downtown, this bridge could and should be rehabilitated. 

An unusual feature of this bridge is the single riveted steel beam approach span.

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Above: Historical 1881 photo showing previous bridge at this location. Despite a somewhat similar appearance, these girders do not match the approach span of the 1931 bridge. Note pipe railings. The bridge was built by the famous King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio

Above: 1899 photo showing that the bridge had been replaced with lattice railing. A section of this lattice railing appears to survive on an adjacent building.

 

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