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Water Street Bridge

Silver Creek Bridge




The Committee on Fire Department was given power to hire men to keep the ice open at Silver Creek and Boughton bridges for the use of the fire department.


CROSS REFERENCE NOTE:  The 150-year history book on the Watertown Fire Department mentions a spot underneath the Oconomowoc Avenue bridge where the Rock River was kept open during the winter by inserting a barrel in the ice and piling manure on top of it.  In a fire emergency a hose could be lowered into the water through the opening.



01 24       Residents can learn about the future replacement of two local bridges in an open house meeting Thursday afternoon at the Watertown Municipal Building.  The public informational meeting will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 69.  Representatives from the city and an engineering firm will be present to explain the projects and answer questions from the public.  The bridges over the Rock River spanning North Fourth and North Water streets are deteriorating to a point they would need to be posted for weight limits and eventually closed down, according to Jan Zander, manager of transportation engineering at Ayres Associates of Waukesha, the firm hired to design the new bridges.



05 23       Following four months of construction on the North Water Street bridge, the structure is scheduled to open Thursday or Friday, Pete Thompson, assistant city engineer, said.  “Sod has been laid down for landscaping and work is being finished on some fencing off the bridge, along the sidewalk, because of the steep slope,” Thompson said.  The city’s replacement of sidewalk on both sides of North Water Street to Spaulding Street is also completed.  That work was being done in conjunction with the state Department of Transportation’s bridge work.



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