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Bayview Bridge


Bayview Bridge, Sturgeon Bay 1

Looking to the east, after passing through. Taken from the pilothouse of the ferryboat M/V Put-In-Bay during sea trials, April 18 1997

Photo taken by Robert Thompson


BH Photo #149081

Street View 

Historical background. 

Written by Robert Thompson

For decades, the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay provided the only access over the bay to the northern part of the Door Peninsula. Being a popular tourist destination, there were spectacular traffic jams in the summer, extending for miles.

In 1960, the Michigan Street bridge was damaged when a freighter rammed the lift span, rendering it inoperable for months. A temporary floating bridge was cobbled together by a local shipyard, spanning the navigation canal at the east end of the bay. After the Michigan Street Bridge was repaired, local residents demanded a second bridge...

28 years later, the Bayview Bridge was finally built.


Bascule bridge over Sturgeon Bay on WI 42/WI 57 in Sturgeon Bay
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Built 1978
Span length: 228.4 ft.
Total length: 228.4 ft.
Deck width: 34.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.81833, -87.35667   (decimal degrees)
44°49'06" N, 87°21'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/471800/4962831 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sturgeon Bay East
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory number
BH 34739 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 81 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 12, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 16, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 6, 2010: New photo from Robert Thompson
  • November 15, 2009: Essay added by Robert Thompson
  • November 14, 2009: Updated by Robert Thompson: Added official name; added photos.



Sturgeon Bay Bridge (Bayview Bridge)
Posted May 22, 2010, by Robert Thompson

Actually, the Michigan Street Bridge is a mile further north.

Sturgeon Bay Bridge
Posted May 8, 2009, by Steel Bridge Songfest (steelbridgesongfest [dot] org)

Also is known as the Michigan Street Bridge, this bridge has been listed on the National Register of historic places January 2008. The city celebrates the bridge each year with a 4 day concert of origianl music at the steel bridge songfest, some perform songs written and recorded about the steel bridge that can also be heard or purchased on our website. see steelbridgesongfest.org for additional information. This years evet is June 11,13,14 and 15 and is family friendly and is known as "the lLargest songwriters festival in the midwest".All money raised is for the long-term preservation effort of the Sturgeon Bay Bridge.

Sturgeon Bay Bridge
Posted January 27, 2008, by Anonymous


1. The "Sturgeon Bay Bridge" as viewed here, is officially called the "Bayview Bridge" and is also called the By-Pass or Highway bridge.

2. The "Michigan Street Bridge" as viewed here, is officially called the "Sturgeon Bay Bridge", as listed on the national register as such and is also called the michigan street bridge or the old bridge.

3. The map actually shows only the Bayview bridge location.

The Historic Bridge (sturgeon bay bridge) is located just north of the bayview as shown on the map in downtown sturgeon bay.

see steelbridgesongfest.org for more information.