Dedicating the new bridge in Allenton | By Ron Naab

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Nov. 9, 2017 – Allenton, WI – The Allenton Area Advancement Association and the Town of Addison celebrated a unique event for the Allenton area, dedicating a new pedestrian bridge over the Rock River on the western edge of Allenton.

The original steel-framed bridge with wooden planks was constructed in 1896 and was the only access into Allenton from the west.

Apparently the Rock River followed a different path at the time and this was the convenient place for early settlers to establish the bridge.  In 1920 a new concrete bridge was built to the north of the steel bridge; that bridge then became the main entrance to Allenton when traveling on WI-33.

In 1973, the steel bridge was found to be unsafe for vehicle traffic and it served as a walking bridge.

 

The steel bridge became a part of the Rock River Drive allowing access to that area.  After a few years of working to accumulate funds the town removed the old bridge replaced it with a wood-constructed bridge.

Town Chairman Bob Bingen said the project cost $45,000.

On Friday evening Allenton Area Advancement Association President Scott Ritger present a $6,000 check to help cover the cost of the bridge.

The AAAA also installed Christmas boughs and lights for the upcoming Christmas season.

There is discussion to create a walking path along the Rock River extending to Rock River at County Road W.

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