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Honey Creek Footbridge

Photos 

Overview Looking South

Believe it or not, Honey Creek really does flow beneath the bridge. It was completely covered in the early 1970s for flood control.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2011

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BH Photo #204141

Map 

Description 

As part of a make-work program during the Great Depression, the Civil Works Administration began a flood control project for Honey Creek in December 1933. The plan was to line Honey Creek with 50 tons of Lannon Stone and to build this bridge. The CWA was under fire from its inception as being unconstitutional, and it ceased operation on March 31, 1934. Its replacement, the Works Progress Administration, picked up the baton and finished the project with 200 workers.

The project did not solve the flooding problem, however, so in the earl 1970s, Honey Creek was completely enclosed, leaving this footbridge crossing the grass that covers the creek.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Honey Creek on Walking Path - Yes, it really DOES cross Honey Creek
Location
West Allis, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Construction began 1933 by CWA, Completed by WPA ca. 1935
Builders
- Civil Works Administration (CWA)
- Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Design
Stone arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.00838, -88.01841   (decimal degrees)
43°00'30" N, 88°01'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/417002/4762248 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wauwatosa
Inventory number
BH 49104 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge is a stone arch
  • July 14, 2011: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com