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State Street Bridge

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The South Face

This was the first bascule bridge in Milwaukee. Some say it was the first bascule bridge anywhere. It wasn't, in fact, the Grand Avenue (now Wisconsin Avenue) bascule bridge predated it by two decades. The State Street Bridge, however, is the oldest surviving example of the Milwaukee Type Bascule Bridge.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2008

BH Photo #116229

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over Milwaukee River on State Street (Westbound US 18) in Milwaukee
Location
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1924; Restored 2007
Builders
- Edward E. Gillen Co.
- Milwaukee Bridge Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Design
Bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 119.1 ft.
Total length: 271.0 ft.
Deck width: 41.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.04300, -87.91350   (decimal degrees)
43°02'35" N, 87°54'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/425593/4765994 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Milwaukee
Inventory number
BH 34862 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2014)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
6,039

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • April 19, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 30, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning

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