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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.
Join the Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse for their fall cleanup this Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Here are details from the group …
Meet in South Milwaukee High School parking lot, North end.
We will provide safety vests, water, bags and vinyl gloves.
Lunch will be provided after the cleanup at the Warming House.
Targeted area is from North Chicago west to Nicholson Avenue
Please bring boots [if you have them] and your enthusiasm!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
For more information, please visit our website: www.smfomp.org
Caterpillar announced to its employees on Monday that it will close sell its Oak Creek corporate building and move between 200 and 250 jobs back to South Milwaukee in the first half of 2016.
These are salaried professional workers in finance, human resources, legal, marketing, etc. — many folks who had been working in South Milwaukee prior to the opening of the Oak Creek mining headquarters in the former Midwest Airlines building about five years ago.
The move is not a surprise, given Cat’s announcement last month of up to 10,000 global job cuts and other consolidations coming in light of a continuing slumping mining industry. (Competitor Joy Global also announced job cuts last week.)
While it’s hard to call this great news — certainly when taking a broader perspective with economic development — it does strengthen Cat’s presence in downtown South Milwaukee and should help area businesses.
Cat also continues with its plans to invest in its manufacturing presence here.
A company spokesman tells me that the South Milwaukee plant — now in the company’s Surface Mining and Technology group — will be focusing on rope shovels and draglines going forward, and Caterpillar continues to plan investments in the facility in the next three years to meet eventual demand. Cat had previously announced the closure of 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space, while investing in the space that remains.
I’ll keep you posted.
Quick reminder about a few upcoming events in our parks …
- First, check out the Grant Park Beach Walk Saturday night. There is a flyer above.
- Then, on Sept. 19, it’s the beach cleanup event. Learn more here.
- And on October 10, it’s an Oak Creek cleanup. More details from the Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse …
Set your calendar for Saturday October 10th, 2015 – we’ll be cleaning the Oak Creek from North Chicago Avenue west to Rawson Avenue. (IF we have enough people we could continue to Nicholson Avenue)
We’ll be meeting at the North end of the SM High School parking lot. at 8:00 am and ending at 12:00 noon. My car is a tan Hyundai Sonata with the license plate WUCK – this is where you’ll sign in, get a safety vest, bags, gloves and water. Once everyone has signed in, we’ll take some pictures and give instructions. We ask that adults be present with your groups, bring EXTRA CLOTHES, SHOES AND SOCKS in case you get wet or fall in. We do have some boots that can be borrowed of if you have wader’s please bring them. Milwaukee County Parts will pick up the bags along the route.
FOMP will host the luncheon at the Warming House after the cleanup.
With the start of school fast approaching, the Beech Street foot bridge over Oak Creek has been on many minds of late.
Here is the latest update from Milwaukee County: The bridge, removed in May because it was deemed unsafe, is expected to be rebuilt and reopened for foot traffic by Nov. 15.
I appreciate the Parks Department tackling this project before the snow flies, and while I initially hoped for completion in time for the start of school, I quickly realized this was unrealistic. Four months for planning, designing and building a significant project like this – one that will stand the test of time as a key connection between the northwest side of town and school campuses — is very reasonable.
Of course, it’s unlikely this would be done at all in 2015 without Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who successfully pushed for emergency funding in a resolution approved by the county board in June. So we should all thank Pat for driving that – and thank her and the administration for all of the investments happening in South Milwaukee’s parks this year and beyond.
The best part: Things are just getting started.
With more than 20% of our land mass comprised of parks, enhancing these public spaces is critical for our city. Those enhancements are clearly happening, and will continue to happen if we all work together toward a more promising future for our public spaces.
Good news for South Milwaukee from the Milwaukee County Board today, as supervisors overwhelmingly passed a measure to spend $200,000 in emergency funding for reconstruction of the Beech Street foot bridge over Oak Creek.
Here is the press release from County Supervisor Patricia Jursik, who drove this effort.
I thank Pat for her hard work on this, and for all who voted for this important piece of legislation for South Milwaukee. This foot bridge is a vital connection between our middle and high schools and the northwest side of town.
From all the upgrades under way at Grant Park to investments in Grobschmidt Pool to the continued partnership around an Oak Creek watershed restoration study, the county continues to make an investment in South Milwaukee.
I am very appreciative to see this project added to the list, and was happy to get behind this effort.
I will keep you posted on timelines for replacement. The hope: We have a new bridge in place in time for the start of the new school year.