Improvements extend lift bridge life span

The City of Milwaukee wanted to make sure the vertical lift bridge on a vital crossing of Wisconsin Avenue over the Milwaukee River continued operating safely and reliably to foster recreation, commerce  vehicle, pedestrian and water traffic. Our engineers designed the rehabilitation of the structural, mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems.  For a construction project in Wisconsin, it was a one-of-a-kind low-bid, design-build project, partially funded with a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant from the federal government. Our team also provided construction administration services as the Owner’s Representative.

We performed a hands-on bridge inspection prior to design. Our team designed the replacement of the concrete decks and sidewalks, and the addition of traffic barrier and new sidewalk railings. The project delivered repairs to components of the bridge operator’s house, and added new controllers and closed circuit television equipment.

As a result of this award-winning project, all modes of transportation can continue to enjoy smooth travels safely and efficiently along this revitalized city street and waterway.


American Public Works Association of Wisconsin
American Public Works Association of Wisconsin
Project of the Year Award” 2013
American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
Engineering Excellence State Finalist
WisDOT Local Program
WisDOT Local Program
Outstanding Highway Construction Award for Excellence in Large Structures


Wisconsin Avenue Lift Bridge Rehabilitation


City of Milwaukee

Expertise Provided



Milwaukee, WI


“This was a very complex project due to the type of bridge design and the fact that it had to be delivered as a design-build contract. The Project Manager did a very good job acting as an owner’s rep by providing timely responses to plan issues during construction.”
Frank Rivera, DAAR Engineering
Local Program Management Consultant for WisDOT