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River Road Bridge


Portal view from the south

This bridge is on a quiet road surrounded by farms.

Photo taken by Matt Lohry in May 2013


BH Photo #254181

Street View 


Riveted 9-panel Parker through truss bridge over Crawfish River on Old Highway 73/River Road
Columbia County, Wisconsin, and Dodge County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Built 1932
- Inland Steel Co. of East Chicago, Indiana (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
Riveted 9-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 153.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.35858, -89.00904   (decimal degrees)
43°21'31" N, 89°00'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/337200/4802595 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 34715 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 42.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 1, 2017: New photo from Michael Tidrick
  • May 20, 2013: New photos from Matt Lohry
  • May 17, 2013: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type--this is a Parker through truss.


  • Matt Lohry


River Road Bridge
Posted May 1, 2017, by Michael Tidrick (mrtidrick [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was out there in early April. Its a shame, but it's in sad shape. If it doesn't get some attention, it won't be long before it gets replaced. It's a beautiful piece and fits the rustic landscape in the area.

River Road Bridge
Posted December 13, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The "(Iron/Steel Manufacturer)" at the end "Inland Steel Co. of East Chicago, Indiana (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)" denotes that Inland was only the manufacturer of the steel.

River Road Bridge
Posted December 13, 2013, by Robert Thompson

I see you have the builder listed as "Inland Steel". Inland Steel was one of the major steelmakers, but I'm not sure they ever had a construction division (as U.S. Steel had with American Bridge). Did Inland Steel actually erect the span, or is that just the imprint from the rolling mill seen in the photo?

River Road Bridge
Posted May 17, 2013, by Matt Lohry

Boy, finding an intact truss bridge anywhere in demo-happy Wisconsin is a chore, but this one is even close enough to me where it won't bust the bank to put gas in the car to go visit it! I'm planning a visit tomorrow; I'll post pics.