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Duck Creek Bridge


Duck Creek Bridge, looking west

This bridge carries Wisconsin Highway 54 over Duck Creek

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in November 2009


BH Photo #149900


Street View 


Now this is the way every historic truss bridge should be treated. This bridge was left in place and was incorporated into a trail system that also integrates the underside of the replacement bridge. The lower half of this bridge was sandblasted and painted a gunmetal gray, and pedestrian fencing was put up on either side of the trail. The fencing is not the best looking thing, but it also does not overpower the truss and easily allows viewing of the truss components right through it. The new bridge has artistic renderings relating to the Oneida People and is easily accessible via the old truss bridge. The ugly pedestrian bridge that was installed alongside the truss bridge has also been removed.


Riveted 6-panel Pratt through truss bridge over Duck Creek on pedestrian trail in Oneida
Brown County, Wisconsin
Open to pedestrians and bicycles only
Built 1932; rehabilitated 1978, rehabilitated again and converted for pedestrian use 2013
Riveted 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 102.7 ft.
Deck width: 28.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.49833, -88.18333   (decimal degrees)
44°29'54" N, 88°10'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/405924/4927904 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oneida South
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory number
BH 34665 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2010)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 20, 2014: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added description
  • March 27, 2014: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status--this bridge has been rehabilitated for pedestrian use!!
  • August 12, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Doomed
  • October 19, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated bridge type
  • August 4, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • November 27, 2009: New photos from Robert Thompson

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Duck Creek Bridge
Posted March 27, 2014, by Matt Lohry

Excellent news!! This bridge was rehabilitated for pedestrian use and has become part of an artistic bicycle and pedestrian trail system paying homage to the Oneida People:


The new bridge has been decorated with beautiful artistic renderings detailing the history of the Oneida People. This adds visual beauty and purpose to an otherwise plain-looking UCEB. New bike/walking trails pass under the new bridge on both sides so that the public can view this artwork, and the trails both join a new main trail that crosses Duck Creek on the newly rehabbed Pratt truss! Yess!!!!

Duck Creek Bridge
Posted August 12, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This bridge has generously wide lanes for the time. The superstructure rates the worst. I wonder what is failing?

Duck Creek Bridge
Posted August 12, 2012, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge is DOOMED.

A new UCEB is under construction to replace it.