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Work to start Monday on Milwaukee’s Juneau Avenue Bridge

By: Joe Yovino//July 26, 2011//

Work to start Monday on Milwaukee’s Juneau Avenue Bridge

By: Joe Yovino//July 26, 2011//

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Traffic crosses the Juneau Avenue Bridge on Tuesday in Milwaukee. The bridge will be closed beginning Monday as crews start a construction project. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Crews will begin the replacement of the Juneau Avenue Bridge over the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee on Monday.

Low Bid – Design Build Proposals for West Wisconsin Avenue Vertical Lift Bridge and Juneau Avenue Vertical Lift Bridge, Milwaukee

The bridge, built in 1953, will be closed to traffic, and detours will extend from North Edison to North Old World Third streets.

Plain-based Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc. turned in the low bid in March for the project. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation project includes replacement design and construction of the bridge, removal and replacement of the decking, rehabilitation of mechanics, new lighting, and structural repairs. New roadway approaches to Edison and Old World Third streets will also be constructed.

DPW completed emergency repair work on the bridge in 2009 due to deterioration of steel decking and support components.

The Juneau project is being completed in conjunction with the rehabilitation of the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge, which is scheduled to start later this year. The $25 million cost of both bridge projects is being partially funded with $21.5 million under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program administered through the Federal Highway Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The remainder of the project costs are being paid for by the WisDOT bridge program and city of Milwaukee money.

Kraemer & Sons bid $19,936,800 for work on both the Wisconsin and Juneau avenue bridges.

The project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 16, 2012, according to a news release from the Milwaukee Department of Public Works.

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