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WI-35 Bridge
WI-35 Saint Croix River Crossing
Danbury, WI

WI-35 Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI B07005500000000.
• Location: River Mile 131.7.
• River Elevation: 884 Feet.
• Highway: WI-35.
• Daily Traffic Count: 1,300 (2008).
• Bridge Type: Prestressed Concrete Girder, Concrete Deck.
• Length: 327 Feet, 108 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 24 Feet Plus Walkway, 2 Traffic Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: ???.
• Date Built: 2007.
This absolutely gorgeous concrete girder bridge carries WI-35 over the Saint Croix River in northern Burnett County about a dozen miles north of Danbury. The bridge is a combination of fantastic location, an important river, a practical structure, and a well coordinated set of modest decorations. This proves that it does not take that much effort and expense to turn an ordinary bridge design into something spectacular that an entire community can be proud of.

The bridge structure is a fairly ordinary prestressed concrete girder design. This is the most common bridge type being built in the upper Midwest. The deck has the very modern sidewalk configuration where the pedestrian traffic is protected from car traffic by a concrete barrier. Since the barrier is towards the inside of the bridge, a decorative metal railing can be installed along the outside edge of the bridge. That is just the first of several decorations on the structure. Others include the rock pattern in the concrete, the cream colored concrete, the arches and angles on the piers, and the color coordinated rock used as rip-rap.

I was surprised to find this new bridge when I arrived at this location in May of 2008. The NBI database suggested that I would find a 4 span deck truss bridge. That bridge appears to have been taken out in 2007, but I have not been able to confirm that date. Also, since the new bridge is so new, it is not in the NBI yet, so I have not been able to confirm any of its dimensions.

Here is the data on the old deck truss bridge:

• Structure ID: NBI: B07018500000000.
• Location: River Mile 131.7.
• River Elevation: 884 Feet.
• Highway: WI-35.
• Daily Traffic Count: 1,310 (2003).
• Bridge Type: Steel Deck Truss.
• Length: 310 Feet, 77 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 26 Feet, 2 Traffic Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: ???.
• Date Built: Built 1936, Rehabilitated 1987, Removed 2007.
The photo above is the downriver face of the structure on the west side of the bridge, as seen from the north side of the river. It is late in the evening with the sun at a very low angle. This allows the beams of sunlight to illuminate the underside of the bridge and highlight the details in the stonework.

WI-35 Bridge
The photo above is a view looking southeast from the north river bank. The photo below is a view of the bridge from the park located on the north side of the bridge and west of the highway. This is the first Saint Croix River bridge when traveling north that does not cross the Minnesota and Wisconsin state line. The border departs from the river two miles to the west of this bridge, so both riverbanks are in the state of Wisconsin.

WI-35 Bridge
WI-35 Bridge
These two photos are looking south from the edge of the west side of the highway. The photo above is a view of the traffic deck. The photo below is a view looking down the length of the regional trail path.

WI-35 Bridge

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