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Washington Street Bridge
Washington Street Mississippi River Crossing At Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Washington Street Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI P12070900000000.
• Location: River Mile 635.6.
• River Elevation: 611 Feet.
• Highway: Washington Street.
• Daily Traffic Count: 1,100 (2001).
• Bridge Type: Steel Girder, Concrete Deck.
• Length: 52 Feet Overall, 52 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 30 Feet, 2 Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: 10 Feet (Estimated).
• Date Built: Opened 1961.
The settlement at Prairie du Chien began on the island of Saint Feriole, an island on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River. Due to repeated major floods, the island today is mostly a city park and historical site, and the city is on the mainland.

During the years that the city was mostly on the island, a crossing to the mainland to the east was needed. Many bridges were installed over the years, and all but this last one were washed out. In fact, this bridge was built when the previous bridge was destroyed in the 1960 flood. The earliest bridge at this location, an 1837 structure suffered a similar fate, as did its replacement, built in 1839.

Washington Street Bridge

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