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Martha Washington Bridge


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Photo taken by J.R. Manning in March 2008

BH Photo #112902


The Washington Highlands 

Written by J.R. Manning

This bridge is just one component of one of the first planned "Garden Communities." Designed in 1916, the roads were planned to discourage through traffic, yet allow easy access for residents and for lots of park land. The roads were designed to follow the contours of the existing land rather than to try level the area.

From 1870 to 1910 and the development of the Washington Highlands, this was the farm of Captain Frederick Pabst. It was here The Captain raised stock and hops for his Pabst Brewery. (His beer would go on to win the Blue Ribbon at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and become known as "That Blue Ribbon Beer.")


Concrete arch bridge over Martha Washington Drive and Schoonmaker Creek on W. Washington Blvd. in Wauwatosa
Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Built 1964
Closed-spandrel concrete arch with stone facing
Length of largest span: 61.4 ft.
Total length: 63.7 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Listed as a contributing resource to the Washington Highlands Historic District
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.05900, -87.99100   (decimal degrees)
43°03'32" N, 87°59'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/419302/4767843 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 34882 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 82.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2008: Essay added by J.R. Manning


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