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Irish Road Bridge

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Oblique View East Elevation

The bridge is actually oriented SE-NW so this is actually the NE elevation, looking WNW.

This bridge is on Calumet County's list of bridges of historical interest that was published by Calumet County in 2007.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2009

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BH Photo #139001

Map 

Calumet County's Historic Bridges 

Written by J.R. Manning

Calumet County published a document in April 2007 called the Calumet County Inventory & Trends Report. It is a 339 page comprehensive planning report of housing, transportation, utilities, agriculture, industry, commercial development, land use and more tables and maps than you can imagine. In it, the county pointed out nine bridges in the county of notable historical interest, some of them more than 100 years old. Several were hand built of stone.

The nine bridges listed in the report are:

Irish Road: Built in 1920, a 17 wide bridge over the north branch of the Manitowoc River.

Hayton Road: Built in 1900, a 27 wide bridge over Pine Creek.

Lemke Road: Built in 1918, a 19 wide bridge over the Killsnake River.

Weeks Road: Built in 1900, an 18 wide bridge over the south branch of the Manitowoc River.

Killsnake Road: Built in 1925, a 27 wide bridge over the Killsnake River.

Grand Street: Built in 1927, a 30 wide bridge over the south branch of the Manitowoc River.

Charlesburg Road: Built in 1930, a 22 wide bridge over Pine Creek.

Man-Cal Road: Built in 1922, a 24 wide bridge over a tributary to the East River.

Mud Creek: Built in 1930, a 19 wide bridge over Mud Creek.

Some of these bridges don't look terribly significant at first glance, especially to a dedicated bridge hunter. Still, the county fathers feel these are of historical significance, and who are we to argue? After all, how many counties have actually published a list of their historical bridges? As long as Calumet County says these are of significant historical interest, this Bridge Hunter isn't going to disagree, so here they are.

You can read the report yourself on the Calumet County official website. (The Historic Bridges are listed on page 225.)

Facts 

Overview
Six vault stone arch bridge over North Branch Manitowoc River on Irish Road
Location
Brillion, Calumet County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1920
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 18.0 ft.
Total length: 118.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.17656, -88.15514   (decimal degrees)
44°10'36" N, 88°09'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/407662/4892131 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hilbert
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
41
Inventory number
BH 34685 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2009: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • April 23, 2009: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • April 21, 2009: Essay added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net