Construction set to begin on Wolf River Bridge replacement in Winnebago County

​Bridge construction slated for Sept. 11, 2017, to November 2018

Release date: Sept. 6, 2017

(Winneconne) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region announces construction of a new WIS 116 bridge over the Wolf River in the village of Winneconne, Winnebago County, is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 11. The $11.4 million bridge replacement project is expected to be complete in November of 2018. The existing WIS 116 bridge will remain open for traffic during construction. A separate project in 2018 will reconstruct the remainder of WIS 116 through the Village of Winneconne.

Lunda Construction of Black River Falls, Wis., is the Prime Contractor.

Project improvements

The existing WIS 116 lift bridge over the Wolf River will be replaced with a new fixed bridge located just south of the existing bridge. The replacement bridge will be at a higher elevation and require retaining walls along the roadway approaches to minimize impacts to adjacent properties. On the west side, the reconstruction of WIS 116 approaches will extend to just west of 1st Street. On the east side, the reconstruction will extend to 2nd Avenue. The bridge replacement project also includes new fishing platforms that will extend out approximately 220 feet from each shore.

Project schedule

  • Bridge construction: Sept. 11, 2017 to November 2018.
  • Construction of new fishing platforms: November 2018 to September 2019.
    • Fishing will not be allowed during the spring and summer of 2019 while the new fishing platforms are being constructed.
  • WIS 116 (Main St.) roadway reconstruction: Spring 2018 to November 2018.

Bridge construction traffic impacts

  • The existing WIS 116 bridge will remain open to local traffic and emergency vehicles until the new bridge has been completed. 
  • WIS 116 may be restricted to one lane during non-peak daytime hours using flagging operations. 
  • Overall work will be completed in multiple stages and available on the Wolf River Bridge replacement website.
  • Local side streets within the project limits will be closed to complete work within the intersection areas.

During WIS 116 (Main St.) reconstruction in 2018, WIS 116 will be closed to through traffic and a detour route for WIS 116 will be posted to follow US 45 to I-41 to WIS 21. Construction during 2018 will still be staged to allow local access through the village, access to businesses, and access across the bridge.

Project benefits

The existing WIS 116 bridge was built in 1934 and many of the electrical and mechanical systems for the lift span are original and in need of replacement. The new fixed bridge will provide a safe and improved river crossing while eliminating the need to open the bridge for larger vessels. A fixed bridge eliminates road user delays from bridge openings, improves safety by lowering response times for emergency vehicles that need to cross the bridge, and greatly reduces long-term maintenance costs.

More information

Detailed project information, construction staging, schedules and traffic impacts are available on the Wolf River bridge replacement website. Weekly construction updates for this project can be found on the Northeast Region Weekly Highway Construction Update website.

For more information, contact:
Mark Kantola, Regional Communications Manager, (920) 492-4153