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Holton Street Viaduct



Water Street Goes Under Holton Street

The west side of the south end of the bridge.

The city built a "Marsupial Bridge" (a pedestrian and bicycle path) beneath the main deck in 2005. It crosses the Milwaukee River, connecting the Brady Street area with the Beer Line.

The span over the river is a bascule span that is no longer operational. Photos of the bascule span follow below.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2008



Street View 


Viaduct over N. Water Street, Commerce Street and Milwaukee River in Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Built 1926; modernized 1987; Marsupial Bridge added 2005
- Lakeside Bridge & Steel Co.
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 938.0 ft.
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Also called
Incorrectly identified as "Van Buren St. Bridge" on NBI.
Edward D. Holton Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.05434, -87.90434   (decimal degrees)
43°03'16" N, 87°54'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/426353/4767245 (zone/easting/northing)
USGS topographic map
Inventory number
BH 34868 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2011)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 72.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)

Update Log 

  • September 26, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 9, 2011: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected Street Name
  • August 16, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Builder
  • July 25, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • July 24, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added alternate name
  • July 2, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 29, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected Name and Bridge Type


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


Holton Street Viaduct
Posted October 8, 2013, by Judith Pipher (Judybear236 [at] gmail [dot] net)

Great photos! I've been looking for some older pics of the RR trestle and the Marsupial Bridge. Great job! Interesting pics of the old mechanism as well. Thank you for posting these and the historical info!

Holton Street Viaduct
Posted July 22, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

A fixed double leafe holton street bridge in Milwaukee.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.