2017 Bridge operation schedule
Main Street bridge operating hours will be: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight from April 20, to October 15, 2017.
In July of 2016 the US Coast Guard published a final rule for navigation on the Fox River from DePere to Oshkosh. This rule establishes the requirement for all draw bridges, except the Canadian National Bridge at 55.72 in Oshkosh, to open on signal between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and Midnight from April 27 to October 7 every year going forward.
This rule includes the four bridges in Oshkosh (Main Street, Oregon/Jackson Streets, Wisconsin Street and Congress Avenue) and eliminates prior restricted operating hours for the Oshkosh bridges with regard to conflicts with street traffic at certain time periods.
Menasha (Racine and Tayco Streets)
Operating hours will be: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight beginning on April 27th and ending on October 7th.
Oshkosh Marathon: The following bridges will be secured to masted navigation in conjunction with the Oshkosh Marathon on April 30, 2017: Main Street Bridge at Mile 55.97 over the Fox River from 06:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wisconsin Street Bridge at Mile 56.72 over the Fox River from 6:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Congress Avenue Bridge at Mile 58.01 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Ganther Race the Lake: The following bridges will be secured to masted navigation in conjunction with the Ganther Race the Lake on August 20, 2017: Main Street Bridge at Mile (Oshkosh) 55.97 over the Fox River from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Racine Street Bridge at Mile (Menasha) 37.91 over the Fox River from 6:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
During the off season, all operable bridges in the system can be opened if at least twelve (12) hours notice is given prior to April 27, and after October 7 annually.
The following is a listing of telephone contacts for the issuance of 12 hour notices by mariners of requests for drawbridge openings during unscheduled operating hours:
- City of Appleton, Drawbridge Operations, Municipal Service Building, 2625 E. Glendale Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 832-5580 [Police (920) 832-5500]
- City of Menasha, Director, Department of Public Works, 140 Main Street, Menasha, WI 54952 (920) 967-3610 [Police (920) 967-3500]
- Winnebago County (Oshkosh and Winneconne Drawbridges), Bridge Operations Supervisor, Winnebago County, 901 W. County Road Y, Oshkosh, WI 54903 (920) 232-1700 [After 3:00 p.m. (920) 420-2146] Off Hours (920) 232-1715
- Canadian National Railroad, Southern Region, Bridges and Structures, (906) 789-7168.
Questions? WisDOT Northeast Region Bridge Operations: Dale Weber, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Northeast Region, 944 Vanderperren Way, Green Bay, WI 54304, Call 920-366-6430.
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