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US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass

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The East Side

This is the first cable-stayed bridge built in the United States. It is a pedestrian/bicycle bridge that carries Water Street across US 41/45 in Menomonee Falls.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2008

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Facts 

Overview
Cable-stayed bridge over US 41-US 45 on Water St. in Menomonee Falls
Location
Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to pedestrians/bicycles
History
Built 1970; First Cable-stayed bridge built in the United States
Design
Cable-stayed
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 216.9 ft.
Total length: 363.9 ft.
Deck width: 8.0 ft.
Also called
Menomonee Falls Skyway
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.18765, -88.11327   (decimal degrees)
43°11'16" N, 88°06'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/409535/4782254 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Menomonee Falls
Inventory number
BH 36932 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
70,260

Update Log 

  • June 25, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • June 25, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to "First of its kind" category - first cable-stayed bridge in the United States
  • July 26, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

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Comments 

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted November 13, 2013, by Matt Lohry

I live about 15 miles from this bridge and pass under it often ; it's still alive and well.

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted June 25, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Are you sure?

Because some quick research has only shown that the bridge has recently been rehabilitated (deck, safety fencing, & paint)...

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted June 25, 2013, by bettie

this bridge has been replaced as of 2013

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted August 15, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Maybe we could say this is the oldest of the "Modern Cable-stayed spans".............and besides.........

......."Can't we all just get along?!?!?!?!"

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted August 15, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anybody remember those t-shirts that showed the Texas flag superimposed on an outline of Wisconsin? It read "Don't mess with Wisconsin either"

Makes for some good natured "badgering"!

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted August 14, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

You can always tell a Texan, but you can't tell 'em much. I never claimed it was the first one - the State of Wisconsin DOT makes the claim. You'll please notice that I even provided a link to their documentation, in case you want to take up the argument with them. Don't blame me - I just report 'em.

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted August 10, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

J.R. Manning appears to have found his information from WisDOT. However, the WisDOT information is obviously incorrect. Texas clearly has a bit of an edge on early cable stayed bridges.

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted August 10, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

First cable-stayed bridge in the United States? I think that Mr. Manning might be messin' with Texas here!

http://bridgehunter.com/tx/erath/barton-creek/

http://bridgehunter.com/tx/erath/bluff-dale/

US 41/45 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass
Posted August 10, 2010, by Emmett Helm (ehelm [at] kcp [dot] com)

I believe this bridge was built by Tubesing Construction in Brookfield, WI. The company was owned and operated by Robert Tubesing.