Big Changes Possible For Oshkosh Bridge

The City of Oshkosh is looking into replacing the Jackson/Oregon Street draw bridge in the city.

The bridge is 70 years old and nearing the end of its lifespan.

The proposed new bridge will be wider than the current bridge and will feature four lanes for car traffic, two bike lanes and six foot sidewalks. The biggest change however will be that the bridge will rise 23 feet above the fox river so there will be no need to raise its spans to let boats pass, allowing for a continuous connection without the need for openings that stop traffic.

The design still needs to be approved by the federal highway administration before the project can be completed. If allowed, construction will begin sometime in 2028 and will be completed between 2029 and 2030.