WIS 49, Little Wolf River bridge, Iola


WIS 49, South Branch Little Wolf River bridge, Iola, Waupaca County


The bridge was originally constructed in 1927. Elements of the bridge are deteriorating and the structure is nearing the end of its useful life. 

Proposed improvements

Proposed improvements include replacing the bridge with a new structure that meets current design standards. Work includes replacing the roadway approaches, and replacing the sidewalk. 

Construction is currently scheduled to occur in 2020. 

Real estate

Some temporary limited easements will be required for construction. 

Proposed traffic impacts

WIS 49 will be closed at the bridge during construction. The proposed detour includes WIS 161, Town Line Road, and West State Street.   

Project update/next steps

  • December 29, 2017 -- Local officials meeting
  • February 6, 2018 -- Public involvement meeting
  • January 2018 -- Public involvement meeting
  • Spring 2018 -- Environmental document
  • November 2019 -- Final plans completed
  • 2020 -- Construction currently scheduled


Wendy Arneson, P.E., WisDOT Project Manager
(715) 421-7391

Kristin McHugh, WisDOT North Central Region Communications Manager 
(715) 421-8380

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
North Central Region, Rhinelander office
510 N. Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: (715) 365-3490
Fax: (715) 365-5780
WI Telecommunications Relay System (TTY): 711
Email: ncr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov    ​