UP Milwaukee River Bridge

Warren Deck Truss over Milwaukee River and Roads
Glendale, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

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Name UP Milwaukee River Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor (Main Span) American Bridge Company of New York
Contractor (Approach Span) Bethlehem Steel Company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 740 Feet Total, 150 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 45 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Warren Deck Truss with Deck Girder Approaches
Substructure Type Concrete and Concrete Pile
Date Built 1928, Some Approaches Built 1938
Traffic Count 4 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 103.28
Significance Moderate Significance
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western "Shoreline Route" from Milwaukee to Green Bay:


Crossing the Milwaukee River, Milwaukee River Parkway and Sunny Point Road, this large structure is one of the largest in the Milwaukee area.
Built in 1928 as a single deck truss with deck girder approaches, the bridge was rebuilt in 1938 with lengthened approaches on the east side of the bridge.
Currently, the bridge consists of a main 6-panel, riveted Warren Deck Truss with 17 spans of deck girder approaching it. These spans rest on concrete substructures, and some utilize a concrete pile design typical of this time period.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in relatively good condition. Good views of this structure are hard to find, especially in the summer months.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the truss design.
The photo above is an overview of the main span. The bridge can be accessed from Milwaukee River Parkway or Sunny Point Road. The author intends to get more photos in the near future.

Milwaukee River Railroad Bridges
Upstream CN Milwaukee River Bridge
Downstream Lincoln Park Rail Bridge


Source Type


Build Date (Main Span) American Bridge Company Plaque
Build Date (East Approach) 2017 National Bridge Inventory
Contractor (Main Span) American Bridge Company Plaque
Contractor (East Span) Missing Bethlehem Steel Company Plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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