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Palm Tree Road Bridge

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Oblique View - Southwest Side

There are nine spans to this bridge.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2008

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Sheboygan River on Palm Tree Road
Location
Town of Marshfield, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1903; Repaired in 1950 by Francis Dreifuerst
Builder
- Alphonse Halter
Design
Classical Roman design stone arch, with the uneven number of arches of descending sizes from the central span.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 18.4 ft.
Total length: 147.6 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.81380, -88.16400   (decimal degrees)
43°48'50" N, 88°09'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/406385/4851850 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Cloud
Inventory number
BH 34757 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2011)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 70.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
20

Update Log 

  • July 28, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 23, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-34 - Palm Tree Road Bridge, Spanning Sheboygan River on Palm Tree Road, Saint Cloud, Fond du Lac County, WI

Comments 

Just an update
Posted June 4, 2014, by Moe (ProfessorFlamingo1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Actually as of last year this bridge no longer allowed traffic. I don't know who made the decision, if it was the town or inspectors or what. Just a while ago they put up those metal roadblock things and a sign that said to not drive over the bridge. People still walk over it all the time though, I think they're just afraid that the continued abuse of vehicle traffic would dangerously weaken the bridge.

It is really beautiful and residents paid a boy scout to put a solar run spotlight on it not to long ago, so that when you're driving by the bridge at night its lit up.

Palm Tree Road Bridge
Posted March 22, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The bridge was well documented by the Wisconsin DOT back in the mid 1980s when the state, in conjunction with the Historic American Engineering Reocrd, documented many of the historic bridges in Wisconsin. (Many, sadly, met their demise shortly after the completion of the study, but this beauty still stands proudly!)

There are copies of the Wisconsin DOT reports in many libraries. Next time you come to visit, you should be able to find copies of the DOT reports at the Beaver Dam Library.

Palm Tree Road Bridge
Posted March 22, 2009, by Barbara Halter (wisbarb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have been doing some research on this bridge as it is very special to me My Granfather built this bridge and I wanted some historical facts to back up my information I already had. I also have many pictures of this bridge as it one of my favorite places to visit when I come for a visit to Wisconsin