WIS 116 Wolf River Bridge (village of Winneconne) - History
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
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.
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.
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: August 6, 2012