City of Milwaukee Movable Bridges
The City of Milwaukee owns and maintains 188 bridges, 21 of which are vertical lift or bascule type bridges to allow marine traffic additional clearance for safe passage. Vertical lift, or table type, bridges have a fixed level of vertical clearance, while bascule type bridges have unlimited clearance when fully opened. Private vessels, coal barges, fire and emergency water craft, sailboats, and tour boats pass through these bridges year round. In 2015, DPW recorded 21,835 bridge openings.