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UP - Bram Street Overpass


Barrel Shot, Looking West

As of September, 2008, the roadway under the arch has been modified to include protected walkways.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in September 2008


BH Photo #124828



Build date provided by C&NW bridge records at the Chicago & North Western Railway Historical Society archives


Stone arch bridge over Bram Street on Union Pacific Railroad
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Built 1880, Widened 1898; Roadway work 2008
- J. Welch
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Rock-faced, coursed ashlar, sandstone semi-circular arch bridge with heavily battered wing walls at the four corners. Springing about 2 feet above grade, the arch rises to a 12' clearance above a 24' span. The bridge is about 37' long and is about 37' wide. It is one of a handful of sandstone arch bridges, built by the C&NW that is extant. It is related to the the Viaduct Road Bridge, also in Dane County, as a contemporary that was built the same way, of the same materials, on the same line from Madison to Elroy.
Span length: 24.0 ft.
Total length: 24.0 ft.
Deck width: 37.0 ft.
Also called
C&NW Bridge #230
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.04575, -89.38913   (decimal degrees)
43°02'45" N, 89°23'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/305406/4768665 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Madison West
Inventory number
BH 34722 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 4, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge is now state owned
  • June 17, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 16, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • January 26, 2011: New Street View added by Eric Hanson
  • September 20, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • August 17, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Data and added GPS coordinates


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Eric Hanson
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


UP - Bram Street Overpass
Posted February 15, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This 1918 valuation scan from the Chicago & North Western Railway Historical Society lists this structure as having been constructed in 1898, and a correction states 1880. Photo 5 clearly shows this bridge was widened, so both dates appear to be correct.