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2018 Guide to City of Milwaukee Bridge Operations

BRIDGE OPENINGS/CLOSURES

BIG BANG FIREWORKS - Effective June 27, 2018 (rain date: June 28, 2018)
U.S. BANK INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS - Effective July 3, 2018

SUMMERFEST - Effective June 27-July 1; July 4-8, 2018

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 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. - June 27/28; rain date June 28/29
  • U.S. Bank Fireworks:  9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. - July 3/4

All remaining Summerfest dates: The above-mentioned bridges will not open for all recreational vessels from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 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 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FESTA ITALIANA - Effective July 20-22, 2018

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 p.m. and 12:00 midnight each night, except at the discretion of the Milwaukee Police Department.