DOT Seeks Comments on Remote Bridge Operations

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) held a public meeting Aug. 1 to present data about the test period of remote operations of the three Sturgeon Bay bridges.

All three bridges have been operated from the Oregon Street Bridge since 2014. The Michigan Street Bridge has operated remotely since 2011. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) will evaluate the data and public comments and determine whether to extend the test period, modify the arrangement, or make the remote operation arrangement permanent.

Operating the bridges remotely has brought bridge operations costs down from $1.03 million per year to $340,000, almost entirely through manpower savings, according to Jason Lahm from the WisDOT.

If the operation is made permanent and added to the national register, it would make the canal the first waterway operated entirely remotely in the United States, Lahm said.

The WisDOT is still accepting questions and comments from the public by email at [email protected]

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