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SOUTH 70TH STREET BRIDGE
OVER THE HANK AARON STATE TRAIL
REPLACEMENT PROJECT

  • OVERVIEW
  • PROJECT UPDATES
  • COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS
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OVERVIEW

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) are replacing the South 70th Street bridge over the Hank Aaron State Trail and Canadian Pacific Railroad in 2023. The scope of work consists of replacing the 82 year old bridge structure, sidewalk and deteriorated roadway approaches, and resurfacing the intersection of West Dickinson Street. The existing bridge is 110 feet long, 69 feet wide with a 54 foot roadway. There are no proposed changes to these dimensions. About18,100 motorists travel over the bridge per day.

During construction, the roadway will be closed to allow the new structure to be constructed all at once. This will also provide equipment and materials to be stored in the work zone.

South 70th Street is anticipated to reopen in mid to late December 2023. Concrete staining and restorations will take place in early 2024, but this work should not affect traffic over the bridge.

FUNDING

Estimated cost is $2.5 to 3 million dollars. State aid will fund 80% of the construction costs and the City of Milwaukee will pay 20%. We do not anticipate assessments to property owners at this time.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Monday, March 4, 2024

The City of Milwaukee is scheduled to complete final restorations on the South 70th Street bridge over the Hank Aaron State Trail and Canadian Pacific Railway. 

  • Crews will be on site to complete concrete staining, install the bridge railing and landscaping restorations. 
  • The Hank Aaron State Trail is expected to be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 4 and intermittent closures throughout the rest of the week. 
  • The South 70th Street bridge will have intermittent outside lane closures. Bi-directional traffic will be maintained. 


Friday, December 8: The South 70th Street bridge is now open to traffic! 

The project is scheduled to resume in spring of 2024 to finish concrete staining and landscaping around the bridge. This work is not anticipated to affect traffic over the bridge. 


As of December 5, 2023, crews are putting the finishing touches on the 70th Street Bridge over the Hank Aaron State Trail and are anticipating opening to traffic within the next week!

For worker and public safety, please continue to obey signs and barricades as the bridge is still closed. The project team thanks you for your patience and cooperation throughout this project.

Image of South 70th Bridge being worked on


Crews have completed the South MSE Wall and will begin construction of the North MSE Wall this week. 

Beginning Wednesday, September 20, 2023:

  • The Hank Aaron State Trail is scheduled to close while crews are using overhead cranes.
  • The trail is scheduled to be closed for two days and will reopen by the end of Thursday, September 21.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians will detour South 72nd, West Main and South 68th streets to get around the closure. 

The project team thanks you for your patience and cooperation throughout this project!


The South 70th Street bridge replacement project is anticipated to resume work starting this week. 

Beginning Tuesday, August 15:

The Hank Aaron State Trail will be closed to install the trail protection system. The closure is anticipated to last one day as work on the South 70th Street bridge continues. 


August 1, 2023

Due to urban site conditions encountered, construction is currently paused for the South 70th Street bridge replacement project while crews revisit wall desings and await the manufacture and delivery of precast concrete wall panels. Full-time construction is anticipated to resume within the next few weeks. 

The Hank Aaron State Trail will remain open during this time. 

Motorists are encouraged to continue using the posted detour route - West Main Street, South 76th Street, and West National Avennue to get around the closure.

Please note that with Wisconsin State Fair is August 3-13 in West Allis, and you may experince additional traffic on local streets.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS

Home2Suites during the South 70th Street Bridge Replacement project.

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) - West Allis Campus during the South 70th Street Bridge Replacement project.

A traditional Public Information Meeting was not be held due to the potential health risks associated with COVID-19. Surrounding property owners were notified of the project through a mailing with the opportunity to complete a comment form. 

PROJECT CONTACT

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