Work On Falls Pedestrian Bridge Is Under Way

The 365-foot bridge that connects Water Street across Highway 41/45 is getting some rehabilitation work done.

The pedestrian bridge across Highway 41/45 is not being torn town.

Rather, the Department of Transportation is currently undertaking a project on the bridge, which began recently.

The footbridge spans the highway and connects Water Street on either side. The “cable-stayed” bridge is believed to be one of the first of its type built in Wisconsin - and possibly the nation. As part of the construction, the bridge will be repainted, fencing will be replaced, and a structure analysis will also be completed on the bridge.

According to NOW, the project will cost the Department of Transportation $620,000 with the village contributing $160,000. The bridge is 365 feet in length, and was opened in 1970. It stands roughly 24 feet above the highway.

DOT spokesman Michael Pyritz said Tuesday most of the construction would be conducted in the evening when traffic counts are low because some lane closures will be necessary as the project continues. He said southbound lanes would not be closed Thursday evening to accommodate traffic returning from the Packers game.

The bridge is currently closed to pedestrians while crews construct new fencing along its stretch.

Pyritz said he is awaiting an update as to the status and progress of the project and future closures.

Steve ® September 13, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I really wish it was being torn town ;)
American Family - Dan Johnson Insurance Agency September 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
As long as it's being repainted, how about promoting Menomonee Falls with lettering on the bridge, "Welcome to the Falls" or "Falls Pride" ?
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
No no no Steve, see my picture. This was a landmark in our war against liberals.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I want to see "Home of the Indians" to really stick it to the opposition.
Common Sense Conservative September 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
If we're going to bring up "Indians" I'm going to have to put my 2 cents in. I'm 1/64 Chippewa Indian and am super SUPER offended by all the Indian references in this area. "Menomonee" Falls....an obvious hateful jab at the Menomonee Indian tribe of Wisconsin. Just on the other side of the walking bridge there are street names like Chippewa, Cherokee, Cheyenne and Blackfoot. Why? What does Menomonee Falls have against us Native Americans? So so hurtful.....it hurts my heart. **********Sarcasm intended**********
Craig September 14, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Oh boy, I almost went off half cocked. Good thing you made it obvious by using ****sarcasm****
Greg September 14, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Half Cocked is my Indian name.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM
It's funny Dave about your false heritage because those 100% native have been reached for position in the past and never had a problem. Dumb liberals have tried crying foul over this for decades now. It's about time this eyesore gets upgraded. Hopefully it will be worth more than spending thousands picking off some pebbles from crumbling lime kilns.
Michele Divelbiss September 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM
My husband actually uses the bridge when he rides his bike to work, so it's good for more than showing support for the governor. As a side note on the Indian mascot, the complaint has to come from within Menomonee Falls. Unlike when I grew up in Zion, IL and an atheist from another community sued the town to remove the cross we had had on our city seal since Zion was founded. He won.
Menomonee Falls Girl September 14, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I use the bridge at least twice a week. I am very happy that it's getting an update and will be checked for safety. There a lot of kids in our neighborhood that use it also. I think it's one of the best parts of the Falls from the highway, well unless you like looking at crumby apartments, empty strip malls, failing hotels and Wal-Marts.
W . Benz September 14, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Signage : Hotel 4 sale inquire within . Wecome to RINOVILLE.....
Steve ® September 14, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Good times. I was jabbin at Carl through ►The pedestrian bridge across Highway 41/45 is not being torn town.◄


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