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Private Bridge


Elevation of bridge

Wish I could have a bridge like this on my driveway!

Photo taken by Matt Lohry


BH Photo #242085


This steel stringer bridge is a textbook example of the types of utilitarian bridges designed and built by many railroad companies during the early to mid part of last century. Not much information exists on this bridge, and it's hard to say how long it's been since public roadways crossed it. The steel stringer main span is flanked by two timber stringer approach spans on either side and is supported by timber bents. The ends of the bridge rest on wood crib-type abutments. The bridge appears to be in excellent condition, with very low amounts of rust on the main span stringers and very little wood rot over the rest of the bridge. This is a quickly disappearing bridge type, and it's nice to see one that is under private ownership and is in as good condition as this one appears to be.


Steel stringer bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on Private Driveway
Merton, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Steel stringer with timber stringer approaches
Length of largest span: 28.0 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.15984, -88.31459   (decimal degrees)
43°09'35" N, 88°18'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/393127/4779403 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 54181 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2022: New photos from Mark Boettcher
  • October 27, 2012: Added by Matt Lohry


  • Matt Lohry
  • Mark Boettcher