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Becher Place C&NW Bridge

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South Elevation

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

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Description 

A unique pony plate girder bridge that stands out amongst the many other pony plate girder bridges in this area. The gentle arch shape of the plate girder parapets gives the bridge a pleasant appearance, enhanced by being framed with Art Deco style pylons that mask the abutments and footings. Each pylon carries a logo of the City of West Allis.

The bridge carries the railroad over an extension of Becher Street that connects the heavily industrialized Burnham Street with the residential Becher Street. It also acts as a gateway between the industrial area from the quiet residences where many of the employees of those industries live(d), including the Juneau Highlands Residential Historic District.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over West Becher Place on UPRR (Formerly C&NW)
Location
West Allis, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1949
Builder
- City of West Allis
Design
Pony/through plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 69.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.00877, -87.99277   (decimal degrees)
43°00'32" N, 87°59'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/419092/4762266 (zone/easting/northing)
USGS topographic map
Milwaukee
Inventory number
BH 49158 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
6,660

Update Log 

  • July 21, 2011: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

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

Comments 

Becher Place C&NW Bridge
Posted July 21, 2011, by Nathan Holth

Wow, a curved chord plate girder... a rare and interesting find indeed!