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Sauk Creek Bridge

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The west side

This is the only metal, kingpost truss bridge in Wisconsin. The bridge was built to be a pedestrian bridge and has never been anything else, although it was moved to this location in 1925.

It crosses Sauk Creek, which drains into the Port Washington Harbor, on Lake Michigan.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2007

BH Photo #110903

Map 

Description 

This bridge has been completely rehabilitated, including a new paint job, a new wood deck, and wood railings. The railings are very intrusive and they block the view of most of the trusses. However, the bridge looks like it belongs in this spot, and the entire surrounding area has been nicely restored.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Sauk Creek on Acess Road in Port Washington
Location
Port Washington, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Moved to this location ca. 1925
Design
Kingpost pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 40.4 ft.
Total length: 42.3 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.38660, -87.86935   (decimal degrees)
43°23'12" N, 87°52'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/429586/4804114 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Washington East
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
1
Inventory number
BH 34902 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2015: New photos from Matt Lohry
  • July 29, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • February 3, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-40 - Sauk Creek Bridge, Spanning Sauk Creek in Port Washington Harbor, Port Washington, Ozaukee County, WI
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Matt Lohry

Comments 

Sauk Creek Bridge
Posted February 3, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge can be seen in a 1935 photograph that is part of a magazine article that can be found at http://www.wepowerthefuture.com/wepowernews/news_20050731_to...

There is a flat slab bridge just to the west of this King post truss that carries Wisconsin Street across Sauk Creek. If the King post truss shown in these photos is not the original bridge captioned here, this flat slab might have replaced the original subject bridge. There is evidence on the abutments that an older bridge was here prior to the slab.

I have not been able to locate any other spans that cross Sauk Creek.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.