Abandoned Forest Street Underpass (South)

Trestle and Steel Stringer Bridge over Forest Street
Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin

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Name Abandoned Forest Street Underpass (South)
Built By Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway
Contractor Unknown
Last Owned By City of Eau Claire
Length 104 Feet Total, 30 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Steel Stringer and Trestle
Substructure Type Timber Pile
Date Built 1918
Date Removed 2017
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge has been Removed)
Current Status Removed
Significance Local Significance
Between 1868 and 1872, the West Wisconsin Railway would construct 188 miles of track in western and central Wisconsin.
Starting in Elroy, the route would be constructed westwards, reaching Eau Claire by 1870. A short 10 mile branch was built between Warrens and Tomah in 1868.
By 1871, the route would reach Hudson. The same year, the St. Paul, Stillwater & Taylor Falls Railway would build a route between Hudson and St. Paul, Minnesota.
By 1878, the WW became part of the Chicago, St. Paul & Minneapolis Railway, which in turn became part of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway in 1880.
The Omaha road became controlled by the Chicago & North Western Railway upon formation.
A second main track was constructed along this route between Wyeville and St. Paul between 1911 and 1913, as part of an upgrade to the C&NW system.

The Omaha Road was leased by the C&NW in 1957, and was outright merged in 1972. The C&NW continued to operate this as a main track until 1995, when it was purchased by Union Pacific.
Today, Union Pacific operates this line as part of a main line to the Twin Cities.

The southern of two bridges in this area, this structure was taller and larger than the northern structure.
Built in 1918, the bridge featured a single I-Beam span, approached by trestle spans. The bridge rests on wooden substructures.
Bridges like this have been constructed for many years on all American railroads. However, this bridge was removed in 2017.

The author ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date 2016 National Bridge Inventory
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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