A CRANE HOISTS into the air a 100-foot bridge, with workers gently guiding it over a cornfield to the north as they position it between two concrete towers straddling Silver Creek. Tim Lyke photo
A CRANE HOISTS into the air a 100-foot bridge, with workers gently guiding it over a cornfield to the north as they position it between two concrete towers straddling Silver Creek. Tim Lyke photo

     Thanksgiving came early last week in the form of a $273,822 gift for local walkers, runners, cyclists and snowmobilers.

     Fond du Lac County hired an engineering firm, concrete company, bridge manufacturer, excavator and general contractor Commonwealth Construction Corp. to install a magnificent 100-feet-long, 12-feet-wide steel bridge that makes a difficult if not dangerous segment of the Northwestern Trail more easily and safely navigable.

     Forget all the figures; just remember “2” and “8.”

     The $280,000, 28-ton bridge to service the 2.8-mile trail is just in time for Thanksgiving on Nov. 28.    

     This by far is the most expensive improvement to the former railroad right-of-way since it was converted 25 years ago to a multi-use trail.

     When built with treated lumber in 1996, the bridge over Silver Creek just west of County Road FF was estimated to be good for at least 10 to 15 years. ...
   
                                                     — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the Nov. 21, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.