Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Wells Street Bridge over the Milwaukee River

Milwaukee, WI

Located in a congested, urban environment, the Wells Street Bridge was in need of rehabilitation and required the replacement of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic components. Benesch led the rehabilitation of this three-span, steel structure. In addition to mechanical improvements, this project included the rehabilitation of the existing bridge, deck overlay and improved safety features. The roadway portion of the work included milling and overlay, sidewalk and curb ramp replacements to meet ADA standards, and pavement marking.

Project highlights

  • Rehabilitation of existing vertical lift bridge in an urban area
  • Maintaining pedestrian access to downtown facilities
  • New bridge control systems for future remote operation
  • Utility coordination
  • Accessibility and safety improvements