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North Avenue Viaduct

Photos 

General View Of South Side, Looking North

Photo taken by Martin Stupich, June 28, 1987 for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #120187

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Milwaukee River on E North Avenue in Milwaukee
Location
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1921; Replaced 1991
Builders
- J.C. Pinney
- Klug and Smith Co.
Design
"The North Avenue Viaduct is one of Milwaukee's largest spans. Designed by J.C. Pinney, the reinforced concrete bridge employs a complex open spandrel, ribbed arch support system. The structure originally contained detailed neoclassical ornamentation and large comfort stations at either end. All have since been removed. The viaduct provides an extremely important Milwaukee River crossing for the north end of the city, linking residential areas with the business districts. The bridge's design and construction is typical, state of the art for this time period."
--Edwin Cordes, Wisconsin Historic Bridges Project, Summer 1987
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 158.0 ft.
Total length: 1,385.0 ft.
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.06020, -87.89375   (decimal degrees)
43°03'37" N, 87°53'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/427222/4767887 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Milwaukee
Inventory number
BH 37095 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-25 - North Avenue Viaduct, Spanning Milwaukee River & Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI