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Spring Street Bridge

Photos 

View Of Elevation, Looking West

Photo taken by Martin Stupich, June 25, 1987 for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #119717

Map 

Street View 

Spring Street Bridge Historical Marker Text 

Transcribed by J.R. Manning (See Photos #7 & #8)

THE MARSH RAINBOW
ARCH BRIDGE


The City of Chippewa Falls was organized around two moving bodies of water, the Chippewa River and its tributary Duncan Creek. Bridges soon became necessary with rapid expansion of the transportation system in the late 19th and early 20th century. By 1891, within the city limits, seven bridges crossed Duncan Creek and one crossed the Chippewa River.

This architecturally significant "Rainbow Arch Bridge" is a classic example of the small reinforced concrete bridges which began appearing around the United States in the 1890's and were built in large numbers in the early 20th century. The 93 foot single span Spring Street Bridge is contructed in the typical arch form in which the roadway is suspended from the arch. Eight concrete vertical intermediate posts on each side are jointed by the concrete floor beams. It is further characterized by the two decorative balustrade railings, and the four original lamp posts that remain intact.

The bridge was built in 1916 by the Iowa Bridge Company at a cost of $13,950. It was the only Duncan Creek bridge that survived the destructive flood of 1934.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MARKER SIGN #9

Facts 

Overview
Rainbow arch bridge over Duncan Creek on Spring Street in Chippewa Falls
Location
Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Future uncertain. May become a one-way bridge in 2012 and have a sealant reapplied.
History
Built 1916; Placed on NRHP 1982
Builders
- Iowa Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
- James Barney Marsh of North Lake, Wisconsin
Design
Concrete through arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 93.2 ft.
Total length: 110.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 1982
Also called
Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.93633, -91.39061   (decimal degrees)
44°56'11" N, 91°23'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/626984/4977137 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chippewa Falls
Inventory numbers
NRHP 82000642 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 34706 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 40.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
2,289

Update Log 

  • July 28, 2017: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • November 16, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge status.
  • May 31, 2010: Essay added by J.R. Manning
  • May 30, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • August 8, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated NRHP Listing
  • August 3, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning

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