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Hwy 83 Culvert


North Approach

Note how the main alignment of Highway 83 curves to the southeast. The original alignment goes south and curves to the southeast, over the culvert. The turn was softened decades ago, leaving this gravel approach to serve as a driveway.

This is something that the savvy bridge/highway hunter often looks for. Softening of a turn might be short, as this one is, or much, much longer, sometimes even miles long. A great deal of historical pavement and structures can often be found along the remains of an older alignment.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in March 2010


BH Photo #158898


There is nothing particularly interesting about this structure except for the curved parapet wall. This bridge is also a perfect example of how an original alignment of a highway sometimes remains after the softening of a sharp turn. Note how the modern highway curves away from this original alignment. The original alignment now serves as a driveway for two residences.


Bridge over Drainage Ditch on Driveway, former alignment of WI 83
Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.17051, -88.37537   (decimal degrees)
43°10'14" N, 88°22'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/388205/4780667 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Culvert (1,475)
Driveway (57)
Open (41,013)
Waukesha County, Wisconsin (36)
Wisconsin (1,712)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning


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