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Woodford Drive Milwaukee River Bridge


Oblique View - South Face

This bridge has some serious problems and is closed to all traffic. It crosses the Milwaukee River.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in November 2007

BH Photo #110821



Through truss bridge over Milwaukee River on Woodford Drive
Barton, Washington County, Wisconsin
Closed to all traffic
Built 1891; rehabilitated 1979
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 107.9 ft.
Total length: 108.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.45270, -88.18410   (decimal degrees)
43°27'10" N, 88°11'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/404197/4811769 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Bend
Inventory number
BH 34957 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2014: New photos from Matt Lohry
  • March 7, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Location
  • November 1, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to "Doomed" category, as that appears to be its status, and added GPS coords.
  • February 2, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Matt Lohry


Woodford Drive Bridge
Posted January 17, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

It has come to my attention that the Town of Barton did some work to stablize the the abutments in 2007. There are currently no plans in place to either repair or replace this structure.

The meeting minutes, referred to in the previous post, were not about this bridge but were about the other Woodford Drive Bridge (see the listing for the Woodford Drive Viaduct) and, in fact, that design contract was never let.

Woodford Drive Bridge
Posted February 2, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

On December 20, 2005, the Washington County Highway Committee agreed to let the consulting firm of Graef Anhalt & Schloemer design a new bridge for this location.

If anything has happened since then, I cannot find it.