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WSOR - Wisconsin River Bridge

Photos 

Railroad bridge in distance

Taken from the US-14 boat landing, the bridge is about 1/2 mile away.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in November 2011

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BH Photo #220981

Map 

Description 

Originally built of numerous through truss spans, these were gradually replaced and moved to branch lines in the area.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss swing bridge over Wisconsin River on Wisconsin & Southern Railroad
Location
Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin, and Iowa County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1895, trusses gradually replaced Ca. 1930; Approaches Rebuilt 2017
Builder
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR)
Design
Combination of Through Truss Fixed Spans, Cantilever Truss Swing Span, and Plate Girder Fixed Spans. As part of the now defunct Fox-Wisconsin Waterway, this bridge was required to have a swing span for the passage of vessels. However, owing to the shifting sandbars in the river, there was no guarantee that the swing span would be located at the main channel of the river.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 1,920.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.17422, -90.03324   (decimal degrees)
43°10'27" N, 90°01'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/741138/4784435 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spring Green
Inventory number
BH 50335 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 13, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • December 23, 2015: New photo from Charles Kuehn
  • August 26, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Wisconsin & Southern Railroad", "Navigable waterway"
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 26, 2011: Added by Robert Thompson

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WSOR - Wisconsin River Bridge
Posted August 22, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)