Second Street bridge to reopen next week

August 4, 2018

The new North Second Street bridge over the Rock River in Watertown is scheduled to open Wednesday.

Traffic using the North Second Street bridge has been detoured since November 2016, initially due to structural concerns followed by bridge construction.

According to city officials, the detour will be lifted Wednesday. The new two-lane bridge over the Rock River will be open to traffic immediately following the 10:30 a.m. dedication.

This project replaces the existing 68-year-old bridge with a new and wider concrete bridge over the Rock River.

“The City of Watertown is pleased that it was able to incorporate its new logo on the exterior face of the bridge,” a media release stated.

The new span over the Rock River is about 3 1/2 feet above the water level, allowing for more boats to pass under the bridge than was the case with the old bridge.

Construction of the bridge cost approximately $2.5 million and was partially funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new North Second Street bridge will be held at the bridge Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Mayor John David will be the featured speaker at the event and the public is invited to attend.

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