New Fox River Bridge opens in Wrightstown

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After years of planning and design, the new Fox River Bridge in the Village of Wrightstown, Wisconsin, opened to the public. Prior to opening, the village held a well-attended bridge dedication ceremony, captured in the video below with incredible views of the bridge and aerial views of the ceremony.

Mead & Hunt was the primary design engineer working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation staff to design the replacement bridge and roadways in the downtown project area. This half-mile section is one segment of the WIS 96 improvements that ultimately included the reconstruction of 1.3 miles of roadway in Wrightstown, along with the mill and resurface of 2.2 miles of roadway from the east limits of the Village of Wrightstown to Greenleaf.

WIS-96-body-300x225Since the highway connects downtown to the local Wrightstown schools, the improved design includes bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, including a number of crosswalks. Other improvements include roundabouts at each end of the bridge, improved intersections throughout the village and a number of intersecting roadways.

A significant improvement for this project included the design and railroad coordination for the reconstruction of the Wisconsin Central Ltd. railroad crossing on CTH DD to correct deficiencies. The design corrected a poor vertical alignment on CTH DD at the crossing that caused low slung semi-trailer trucks to “bottom out.”

Mead & Hunt is proud to have been a part of this project, and we are happy that the village has this amazing footage of their dedication ceremony to celebrate for years to come.

John Rathke, PE, SE

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For John Rathke, P.E., S.E., it is more than managing more than 30 highway and bridge projects each year. It is about connecting with clients and listening to what is important. A leader in transportation engineering, John says that for him, the greatest reward is seeing the constructed product and sharing the pride and accomplishment with his clients, team and the public. According to John, “It’s all about teamwork.”

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