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Little Chute Bascule Bridge


Maintenance, winter 2007-08

Steelwork is being blasted and painted, and the span is getting re-decked.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in July 2007


BH Photo #148559

Street View 


Bridge over Fox River Lock on Mill Street in Little Chute
Little Chute, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1928; Replaced 2015
- Simpson-Parker Construction Co. of Appleton, Wisconsin
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Straus trunnion with overhead counterweight
Length of largest span: 51.2 ft.
Total length: 65.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.27710, -88.31623   (decimal degrees)
44°16'38" N, 88°18'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/394964/4903492 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory number
BH 43243 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2006)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 15, 2016: Updated by Peter Johnson: Bridge was replaced with a new pedestrian only lift bridge
  • May 6, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 5, 2009: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • August 16, 2009: Added by J.R. Manning

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Little Chute Bascule Bridge
Posted May 15, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Absolutely disgusting. Wisconsin has dreadful preservation reputation but this one makes the top five for sure. The demolition of this represents a complete lack of ignorance both in load carrying capacity (I suspect this bridge could handle pedestrian loads even the stupid AASHTO 90PSF), and in the heritage/engineering significance in a Strauss overhead counterweight type trunnion bascule bridge. Demolition... for pedestrian use!!!! Absolutely pathetic waste of taxpayer dollars. Next time you want to waste tax dollars, mail them to State of Michigan, care of the Department of Transportation. We have plenty of roads over here that are filled with potholes. We also have the ability and sense to PRESERVE our historic movable bridges. Two contracts for bascule bridges are in place, both for bridges carrying HEAVY TRUCK TRAFFIC.