Milwaukee County has provided an update on the Beech Street pedestrian bridge, which was removed this spring after officials deemed it unsafe.
The headline: The bridge over Oak Creek is excepted to reopen the week of December 21, about a month behind schedule.
Here is a quick rundown of expected activities in the next six weeks, provided by the county …
- Caisson and abutment contractor mobilize: Week of Nov. 9
- Bridge shop drawings from bridge supplier: Nov. 11
- Review and approve shop drawings (assumes no resubmittal needed): Nov 13
- Caisson and abutment construction complete: Dec. 4
- Complete grading for bridge approaches (crushed stone surface): Week of Dec. 7
- Current bridge delivery schedule: Dec. 18
- Set bridge: Week of Dec. 21 (bridge open for use)
- Pave asphalt approaches: Spring 2016
I thank the county for their continued work on this, and I appreciate your patience. With funding approved on July 16, I am glad to see work will still be substantially complete before the dead of winter sets in. This is an important connection for a number of residents and our schools, as well as recreational users of the Oak Creek Parkway, me included.
The good news: Once this is done, we should have a bridge built for the long term, another in a line of significant recent investments in the Oak Creek watershed and our local parks.
I think it will be well worth the wait.