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Wolf River Bascule Bridge

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Wolf River Bridge

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Photo taken by Douglas Butler in July 2015

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Impact Study

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Posted by Don Nussbaum

This study shows that this bridge was .07 miles (or 370 feet) from the new one. A government document found on Google Books.

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Essay 

Written by Don Nussbaum

List of updates on Jan. 2, 2018 and other notes:

Attached the impact study for the replacement bridge.

Moved location pointer for this bridge 370 feet north to reflect correct position. Source: Impact study.

Added number of spans. Source: Impact study.

Added bridge length. Source: Impact study.

Added vertical clearance. Source: Impact study.

Added an aerial photo of the project area showing the old and new bridge locations. Source: Impact study.

Added elevation. Source: Topo map.

Added geographic survey info. Source: Waupaca County Plat Book.

I travelled this bridge many times as a child. It was always exciting especially on a bus. Trucks would fly past seemingly a foot away on one side and the trusses the same distance on the other. Little room for error. No one ever stuck their head out on this bridge.

As of ten years ago, the foundation of the bridge could still be seen on the east side of the river. Iím not sure if it is still there. This was part of the Yellowstone Trail.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Wolf River on Wisconsin Route 110 Main Street
Location
Fremont, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1922
Builders
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Designer)
- Wausau Iron Works of Wausau, Wisconsin (Contractor)
Design
Bascule
Dimensions
Total length: 380.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.26013, -88.86329   (decimal degrees)
44°15'36" N, 88°51'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/351265/4902453 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Readfield
Land survey
T.21N.-R.13E. S.25
Elevation
745 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 63629 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 2, 2018: Updated by Luke: Re-added builders from plaque.
  • January 2, 2018: Essay added by Don Nussbaum
  • June 18, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 13, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 13, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

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