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Guide to City of Milwaukee Bridge Operations

BRIDGE OPENINGS/CLOSURES

BIG BANG FIREWORKS - Effective June 26, 2019 (Raindate: June 27)
U.S. BANK INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS - Effective July 3, 2019 (Raindate: July 4)
SUMMERFEST - Effective June 26 - June 30; July 2 - 7, 2019

During these events, the Broadway bridge (mile .79), the Water Street Bridge (mile .94), the St. Paul Avenue Bridge (mile 1.21), the Clybourn Street Bridge (mile 1.28), the Michigan Street Bridge (mile 1.37), and the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge (mile 1.48) - all over the Milwaukee River - will be subject to "Temporary Bridge Opening Restrictions". The above-mentioned bridges will not open for any recreational vessel, except at the discretion of the Milwaukee Police Department, during the following hours:

  • Big Bang Fireworks: 9:30 pm to 1:00 am - June 26th (Raindate: June 27th)
  • July 3rd Fireworks: 9:30 pm to 1:00 am - July 3rd (Raindate July 4th)

All remaining Summerfest dates: The above-mentioned bridges will not open for all recreational vessels from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am each night, except at the discretion of the Milwaukee Police Department.

FESTA ITALIANA - Effective July 19-21, 2019
During Festa Italiana, the Broadway bridge (mile .79) and the Water Street bridge (mile .94) - both over the Milwaukee River - need not open for any vessels between the hours of 10:00 pm and
12:00 am each night, except at the discretion of the Milwaukee Police Department.


Any questions regarding these special bridge restrictions should be directed to the City of Milwaukee Infrastructure Services/Bridges and Buildings Section at (414) 286-3450 from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

City of Milwaukee Department of Publick Works  

Contact Us

Department of Public Works
Infrastructure Division 
Environmental Engineering Section
841 North Broadway, Room 820
Milwaukee, WI 53202  

For more information please call

(414) 286-2467