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Meadow Hill Drive Bridge


Northwest Side, Looking South

Photo taken by Jerry Mathiason, May 1996, for HAER

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BH Photo #120012

Significance of the Meadow Hill Drive Bridge 

Written by Hess, Roise and Co., July 1996

The Meadow Hill Drive Bridge is an excellent example of a steel, riveted, Parker overhead truss designed by the Wisconsin State Highway Commission during the period 1911 to 1925. During these years, the commission took on the responsibility of designing all highway bridges in the state, utilizing standardized plans. While the riveted steel superstructure of the Meadow Hill Drive Bridge is heavier than that of earlier bridges built by independent bridge companies, the construction in not nearly so substantial as trusses dating from the following period, between 1926 and 1931, when the state used larger-section steel members. Steel overhead trusses are now fairly rare in Wisconsin, most having been replaced. Parker trusses are particularly scarce, for fewer trusses of this kind were built than the more common Pratt.


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Wilson Creek on Meadow Hill Drive in Menomonie
Menomonie, Dunn County, Wisconsin
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1926; Replaced 1996
- Minneapolis Bridge Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Wisconsin State Highway Commission
Single span, 10 panel, riveted Parker overhead truss.
Total length: 175.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.88547, -91.92951   (decimal degrees)
44°53'08" N, 91°55'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/584539/4970785 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Menomonie North
Inventory number
BH 37078 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2008: Essay added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-96 - Meadow Hill Drive Bridge, Spanning Wilson Creek, Menomonie, Dunn County, WI