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27th Street Viaduct


The North Portal

Looking south across the viaduct. Four viaducts cross the Menomonee Valley north to south at 6th Street, 16th Street, 27th Street and 35th Street. The Grand Avenue (now Wisconsin Avenue) viaduct crossed the river east-west just a few blocks north and west of here. Just one block north of that viaduct, a streetcar trestle, called the Wells Street Viaduct, carried street car tracks across the valley on the route to Waukesha.

Something like the 16th Street Viaduct, five separate bridges comprise the 27th St. viaduct. The original viaduct, built in 1929, was torn down to be replaced by this viaduct in 1981.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2008


BH Photo #117500


Steel stringer bridge over CNRR, Canal Street, Menomonee River, I-94 on Wis 57: N 27th Street and S. Layton Blvd in Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Built 1981; Replaced original 1929 Viaduct
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 190.0 ft.
Total length: 2,664.5 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 62.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.03095, -87.94780   (decimal degrees)
43°01'51" N, 87°56'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/422784/4764687 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 36871 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 96.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 15, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

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