Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Study: Ten percent of northern Wisconsin bridges 'structurally deficient'Submitted: 02/16/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Study: Ten percent of northern Wisconsin bridges 'structurally deficient'
MERRILL - One out of every ten bridges in northern Wisconsin is labeled with a troubling name.

They're called "structurally deficient."

The ten percent rate is the highest for any region in the state, according to a new study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.


The northbound Highway 51 bridge over Highway 64 is one of those bridges. About 7,800 cars pass over the bridge every day, although it's rated poor or worse on a nine-point scale.

Bridges like that one concern a state road-building advocacy group. The Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin says the results of the national bridge study are not surprising, but they're troubling.

"It's just one more data point of the condition of our roads and our bridges that's pointing out, again, that we can't put this problem off any longer. The longer we do, the more expensive it's going to be," said Craig Thompson, the Executive Director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. "Eventually, we're going to be putting safety at risk."
Plans have been in the works for years to make major improvements on the bridge in Merrill, which was built in 1975.

It will undergo repairs to the abutment, improving its structure. The highway surface on ground level will also be redone, and crews will put in a roundabout. Work could start as soon as 2019.

"Overall, the DOT has been doing a good job of overseeing the projects and contracting with the private sector to get them done," Thompson said. "But they really are suffering from a lack of funding."

According to the study, Wisconsin ranks 17th in the country in number of structurally deficient bridges. Iowa is number one.

To see the full study, and look at troubled bridges across the state, click the link below.

Related Weblinks:
ARTBA Deficient Bridge Report

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.

The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.

"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.

"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Police think an Oneida County man downloaded hundreds of pornographic pictures of young girls using a private chatroom.

During Danial Smith's preliminary hearing Friday, Smith's attorney asked if police had any way of knowing it was his client who downloaded the more than 700 photos.

The state Department of Justice learned a computer near Rhinelander downloaded the pictures in late 2016 thanks to a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  The internet protocol (IP) addresses from the downloads were linked to Smith's home on County C in the town of Stella.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - A 27-year-old Rhinelander woman put a down payment on a "hit" to kill her husband, according to police.

Megan Danielczak's down payment was actually taken by an undercover agent of the state Division of Criminal Investigation. Danielczak believed the agent was a "hitman."

Danielczak was arrested Thursday at her workplace in Tomahawk. She's currently in Oneida County Jail, facing charges for solicitation to commit first degree intentional homicide.

"We've had other cases involving domestic violence and things like [that], but this is my first time that I've seen that in 28 years," said Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - A "somewhat unclear", but potential threat led Rhinelander High School to increase the police presence on Friday.

A statement from the School District of Rhinelander reports a note mentioning some sort of threat was found in a boys' bathroom stall after students arrived in the morning.

+ Read More

BOULDER JUCTION - Friday nights at one Boulder Junction fish fry spot keep the owners busy, even in the winter!

Kevin and Laurel Gutjahr own and work at Gooch's A-One Bar and Grill in Boulder Junction.

"Gooch" makes drinks and Laurel is a waitress.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - This Friday marked a special occasion, the first fish fry of the lent season. One Rhinelander parish got enough fish to feed around 700 people.

The Nativity Catholic School got quite a crowd early Friday evening for its fish fry. 

+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.

All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.

"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."

Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.

"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.

Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.

"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here