Governor Evers approves Racine Street Bridge project in Winnebago County

Project to replace the bridge underway in city of Menasha

Release Date: October 12, 2020

(Winnebago County) To invest in Wisconsin’s transportation system, Governor Evers signed a $33.04 million contract to replace the Racine Street Bridge in the city of Menasha, in Winnebago County. Bridge construction began Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and finishes in late 2022. Traffic impacts include a full bridge closure in fall 2021 to fall 2022. The bridge will remain open until fall of 2021.

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

Project improvements

This project includes replacing the Racine Street Bridge with a new lift bridge that is located along the east side of the existing bridge. The project also includes new roundabouts at the Racine Street intersections with Main Street on the north side of the river and Ahnaip Street on the south side of the river.

Traffic impacts

Construction is expected to be completed in three general stages.

  • Stage 1 (October 2020 – Fall 2021) – Bridge OPEN
    • Racine Street Bridge and adjacent intersections remain open to traffic
    • Construction begins within river on new bascule span
  • Stage 2 (Fall 2021 – Summer 2022) – Bridge CLOSED
    • Racine Street Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic
    • Racine Street intersections at Main Street and Ahnaip Street remain open
    • Continue construction of new bascule span and begin construction of fixed approach spans
      Demolish and remove existing Racine Street Bridge
      • Detour - 3rd Street (WIS 114) to Tayco Street to Nicolet Blvd to Ahnaip Street
  • Stage 3 (Summer 2022 – November 2022) – Bridge CLOSED
    • Racine Street Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic
    • Racine Street intersections at Main Street and Ahnaip Street are closed to vehicle traffic
    • Continue construction of new bascule span and fixed approach spans
    • Construct new roundabouts at the Racine Street intersections with Main Street and Ahnaip Street
      • Detour - 3rd Street (WIS 114) to Tayco Street to Nicolet Blvd to Ahnaip Street

Project benefits

  • Improved safety across bridge for vehicles, bicyclists (5-foot bicycle lanes), and pedestrians (6-foot sidewalks)
  • Improved traffic flow/boat passage: new auxiliary navigation channel with greater navigation clearance immediately south of bascule span will allow for less bridge openings
  • Less future impacts: new bridge is anticipated to extend life roughly 75 years until next major improvement

More Information

Work Zone Safety

Each year in Wisconsin, both highway workers and motorists are killed and injured in crashes that happen in highway construction zones. Motorists should slow down, be patient and pay attention to their surroundings in this and all work zones.

For more information, contact:

Melissa Kok, Regional Communications Manager
Melissa2.kok@dot.wi.gov, (920) 492-5743