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UP - Sunny Point Road Overpass

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Looking North from Sunny Point Road

This railroad bridge reminds me of the long trestles we had as kids on our model railroads. This span seems to have a total elevated length of several blocks.

There are 18 spans from west to east. The westernmost spans have manufacturer's plaques from American Bridge Co. and are dated 1928. Span #2 crosses the Milwaukee River Parkway, Span #3 is a deck truss that crosses the Milwaukee River. This is Span #14 that crosses Sunny Point Road. Spans #4 through #13 cross land, as do Spans #15 through #18.

The concrete piers appear to be much more recent than the plate girder deck spans.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2007

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Facts 

Overview
Deck truss bridge over North Sunny Point Road on Union Pacific Railroad in Glendale
Location
Glendale, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1928 and 1938 (There are conflicting dates on Mfg. Plaques on several spans.)
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Design
Deck plate girder
Deck Truss
Dimensions
Total length: 910.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.13183, -87.92611   (decimal degrees)
43°07'55" N, 87°55'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/424675/4775870 (zone/easting/northing)
USGS topographic map
Thiensville
Inventory number
BH 34866 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
800

Update Log 

  • November 30, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected Bridge Data
  • November 22, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Railroad Data and GPS Data
  • June 24, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Railroad categories
  • April 25, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added bridge to Railroad overpass category
  • February 4, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net