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Gate Road Bridge
Gate Road Saint Croix River Crossing
Gordon, WI

Gate Road Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI P16003600000000.
• Location: River Mile 162.7.
• River Elevation: 1,014 Feet.
• Highway: Gate Road, Old US-53.
• Daily Traffic Count: 100 (2003).
• Bridge Type: Concrete Girder, Concrete Deck.
• Length: 61 Feet.
• Width: 27 Feet, 2 Traffic Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: 3 Feet (Estimated, To Low Girder).
• Date Built: 1928.
This old concrete bridge was once part of the mainline roadway for US-53 just north of Gordon, Wisconsin. The state upgraded US-53 to be a divided 4-lane highway during the 1980s and 1990s. As part of that upgrade, the town of Gordon was bypassed in 1998, and this segment of road was turned back to local control. After 80 years of life, this old bridge continues to serve local traffic.

There appears to be a popular fishing spot on each side of this bridge. There is a small parking area on the east side of the road. Each time I have visited this bridge, I have seen people fishing. The locals tell me that river has a series of wide slow spots with a lot of underwater vegetation that are perfect hiding places for large fish.

The small town of Gordon is an exciting place for bridges over the Saint Croix River. In a matter of a few hundred feet, there is the active Wisconsin Central Railroad Bridge, plus a former railroad bridge now used as a state trail, this old US-53 bridge, and the twin spans of the current US-53 expressway. That is the largest density of bridges over the Saint Croix River of any spot along its path.

The photo above is a profile view of the Gate Road Bridge looking to the west from the nearby Wild Rivers Trail bridge, located just upstream from this structure. The photo below is looking north down the length of the bridge deck from the center of the highway.


Gate Road Bridge
Gate Road Bridge
The photo above is the east face of the bridge as seen from the riverbank on the southeast corner of the structure. The photo below is the west face of the bridge as seen from the southwest corner of the structure.

Gate Road Bridge
Gate Road Bridge
The photo above is looking north down the length of the bridge deck from the southwest corner of the structure. The photo below is the bridge plate.

Gate Road Bridge

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