New bridge highlights culture of Oneida Nation

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wanted to replace an existing bridge located in the heart of the Oneida Nation. Our engineers, scientists and cultural resource specialists carefully carried out analysis and design to preserve environmentally and culturally sensitive areas while also achieving a beautiful new structure north of the existing bridge, away from parkland.

Our team worked with Oneida Nation leaders and artists throughout the project to incorporate community-identifying elements into the new bridge, associated trail and retaining wall. These elements visually tell the stories of the Oneida people. Because of sensitive natural areas within Oneida Nation, an EPA permit, Stormwater Management Pollutant Prevention Plan, historical (Section 106) and Native American coordination, wetland delineation and public involvement were imperative. The award-winning project created a new State Highway 54 bridge over Duck Creek and repurposed the existing bridge to a pedestrian bridge.

Awards

American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
Engineering Excellence Award
Oneida Nation
Oneida Nation
Tribal Excellence

Project

Wisconsin Highway 54 and Duck Creek Bridge Design

Client

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Expertise Provided

Bridges
Cultural Resources

Location

Brown County, WI

From the Client

"Mead & Hunt engineers did an excellent job with this project from conceptual to final design. Their professionalism and facilitation skills during design helped them complete this project in a manner that promoted overall community acceptance. As a result of their efforts, not only do the Oneida community and traveling public have a positive impression of this segment of STH 54 but the community gained a culturally significant landmark they're proud to have taken part in developing."
Daniel Segerstrom
Project Development Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Transportation