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Wisconsin Avenue Bridge


Milwaukee River

Here is what the Milwaukee River bridges looked like before WWII, looking south from the First Wisconsin Bank Building.

The first bridge is Wisconsin Avenue, the one that this bridge replaced. The overhead poles carry the catenary for streetcars. Note the skew angle, more on that later.

The next bridge is the Michigan Street Bridge, replaced in 1978, followed by Clybourn Street, that bridge was replaced in 1968.

The one in the far distance carried Buffalo Street. That bridge was removed in the early 1970's and was not replaced. The bridge lives on, though, in scenes of a movie entitled Gaily, Gaily from 1969, in scenes shot using the bridge as a background.

Photo from the Milwaukee Public Museum Collection, used with permission.

BH Photo #116279

Street View 


Vertical lift bridge over Milwaukee River on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for rehabilitation under Design Built Project Funded By Obama Recovery Tiger Grant
Built 1975
Vertical lift
Length of largest span: 70.2 ft.
Total length: 171.6 ft.
Deck width: 49.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.03860, -87.91010   (decimal degrees)
43°02'19" N, 87°54'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/425865/4765503 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
BH 34883 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 77.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 28, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 10, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This Bridge Is Now Slated For Rehabilitation.
  • June 30, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning



Wisconsin Avenue Bridge
Posted October 16, 2012, by Bill

The Wisconsin Avenue Bridge rehabilitation work was completed in October 2012.