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Main Street Bridge (Old)

Photos 

Distant View To East. Subject Property And Its Setting

Photo taken by John N. Vogel, August 1995, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #119582

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bascule Bridge over Fox River on US 141 in Green Bay
Location
Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1923; Replaced 1996
Builders
- Adolph Green Construction Co.
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Design
Strauss trunnion, double-leaf, counterweight pit, bascule bridge.
"The Main Street Bridge is a double-leaf, Strauss Underneath Counterweight bascule bridge. It is significant as the only bridge of this type in Green Bay. With its symmetrical design including four houses at each corner, the bridge is also significant as an excellent example of the Spanish Eclectic architectural style adapted for use in an industrial facility." Courtesy HAER.
Also called
Fox River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.51837, -88.01585   (decimal degrees)
44°31'06" N, 88°00'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/419267/4929951 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Green Bay West
Inventory number
BH 37048 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • February 19, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates per To-Do List
  • August 3, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-82 - Main Street Bridge, Spanning Fox River on Main Street, Green Bay, Brown County, WI
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Main Street Bridge (Old)
Posted May 3, 2014, by Erik Eisenheim (erik [dot] b [dot] eisenheim [at] gmail [dot] com)

I grew up in Marinette, Wis., but I remember riding across this bridge several times as a youngster (I was born in 1980). This bridge was lower to the water than the current Main Street bridge and was set exactly perpendicular to the channel. The new Main Street Bridge is set at an oblique angle to accommodate the offset between Dousman Street on the west side of the river and Main Street on the east side of the river.

The reason for the offset is due to the northward shift of Main Street as a result of some urban renewal projects undertaken in the early 1970s. Since the old Main Street Bridge was built in 1923, Main Street was rebuilt about 1/4 of a block to the north of its original location to accommodate the Port Plaza Mall (now demolished) and the Main Street parking garage. This offset, along with the perpendicular orientation of the original Main Street Bridge, required that Main Street take an immediate S curve after the east side bridge landing to line up the old Main Street Bridge with the relocated Main Street, built to the north. While this was not an ideal engineering arrangement, it made for an interesting cityscape in that area.

While I preferred the original arrangement for aesthetic reasons, but I can definitely understand why the Wisconsin DOT and the City of Green Bay would want to reorient the new bridge to eliminate the S-curve. I also thought that the original bridge was more attractive; especially with its four towers.