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Marquette-Joliet Bridge
US-18 Mississippi River Crossing At Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Marquette-Joliet Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI B12002700000000.
• Location: River Mile 634.7.
• River Elevation: 611 Feet.
• Highway: US-18.
• Daily Traffic Count: 5,200 (2001).
• Bridge Type: Steel Arch Suspended Deck.
• Length: 2,560 Feet Overall, 462 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 40 Feet, 2 Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: 450 Feet.
• Height Above Water: 61 Feet (To Low Steel), Arch Rises 146 Feet Above Water.
• Date Built: Opened June 1975.
The first highway bridge in this area was a pair of 1932 era suspension bridges. Those bridges had a series of problems, so they were replaced in the 1970s. Ironically, the new bridge has also had a series of problems. It was closed for two years starting in 1981 due to problems with the large metal beams. Otherwise, this is a very clean and simple structure that does not distract one's eyes from a very scenic section of the great river.

Marquette-Joliet Bridge
Marquette-Joliet Bridge
Marquette-Joliet Bridge
Marquette-Joliet Bridge
Marquette-Joliet Bridge
Marquette-Joliet Bridge
Marquette-Joliet Bridge

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