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Sheboygan Riverwalk Bridge

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East Elevation

This bridge has the appearance of a swing bridge but there is no evidence that this was ever intended to be, or installed, as a movable span.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

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BH Photo #141841

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Sheboygan River on Sheboygan Riverwalk
Location
Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1947; Abandoned circa 1995, Opened to pedestrians 2013
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Rail-to-trail
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 330.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.75505, -87.72137   (decimal degrees)
43°45'18" N, 87°43'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/441927/4844920 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sheboygan North
Inventory number
BH 42876 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 23, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • November 20, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge is now a trail
  • June 25, 2009: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

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

Comments 

Sheboygan River C&NW Bridge
Posted June 27, 2013, by Nathan S. (mantra720 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of June 2013 the bridge is under a two month conversion to accommodate a multi-use trail going from the old Sheboygan depot on Pennsylvania Avenue to Martin Avenue, using the abandoned CNW right of way, with probable expansion using the entire ROW from North Avenue to Mead Avenue in the future.

Sheboygan River C&NW Bridge
Posted March 6, 2010, by ryan (spottedleopard [at] charter [dot] net)

As to the comment about this bridge having the appearance of being a swing bridge yes it was at one point. The initial swing bridge that was there was made of wood and it was replaced around 1950ish this is why the center pier is in the river to this day. The bridge is still useable but the railroad abandonded the tracks on both sides of it at several crossings...(waste of steel just sitting there huh....)