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WIS 116 Wolf River Bridge (village of Winneconne) - History

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In 2007 and 2008, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) conducted a feasibility study to evaluate the structural, mechanical, and electrical condition of the WIS 116 Bridge, and to recommend and evaluate both rehabilitation (short-term repairs and long-term rehabilitation) and replacement alternatives (bascule bridge and high-level fixed bridge options).

The study developed four bascule bridge alternatives and three fixed bridge alternatives.

The study concluded that it was more economical to replace the existing bridge than to rehabilitate it and the existing bridge would likely require rehabilitation by 2015.

Interesting/key facts

  • The Wolf River Bridge, which carries WIS 116 (Main Street) over the Wolf River, was constructed in 1934.
  • The structure consists of 9 spans (4 on either side of the bascule, or movable, span) with an overall length of 709 feet.
  • The bascule span accommodates a 70-foot-wide navigation channel with slightly more than 9 feet of clearance between the river and the bridge girders.
  • From 2004 to 2007, the WIS 116 Bridge over the Wolf River was opened an average of 2,010 times each year for a total of 5,583 minutes (93 hours).
  • The average opening time for the bridge from 2004 to 2007 was 2 minutes, 47 seconds.

  • Compared to other bridges in the region, the WIS 116 bridge is opened more often.
  • In the 2004 to 2007 period, data collected on 12 moveable bridges in Brown, Winnebago, Door, and Marinette counties indicate the average regional bridge was opened 1,288 times annually.
  • WIS 116 is the only state trunk highway in the state from which fishing is allowed. Two fishing piers were added to the south side of the bridge in 2002. They were designed to reduce conflicts among pedestrians, bicyclists, and anglers on the bridge’s sidewalk.
  • The Wolf River Bridge is an important crossing for area snowmobilers as part of the Corridor 7/28 Trail, a major trail from a statewide perspective. The trail is the only official snowmobile crossing of the Wolf River/Fox River system in the area.

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Last modified: July 10, 2013

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