County Receives $2 Million Grant for Lake Park Bridge
State TAP grant will enable Milwaukee County to complete Ravine Road Bridge project and reopen bridge, road for public use
MILWAUKEE, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 – The Ravine Road Bridge project in Lake Park has taken a major step forward for Milwaukee County residents and visitors, after the State of Wisconsin awarded the County a $2 million grant for the project, County Executive Chris Abele announced today.
The Wisconsin Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant provides for $2 million in federal funds toward a safe and usable bridge, which connects the northern and southern halves of Lake Park for pedestrians and cyclists. Completing the bridge project will also enable reopening of the road below the bridge, which connects Lincoln Memorial Drive with Lake Drive.
“I am grateful to the State of Wisconsin for awarding a grant for this project,” said Abele. “Lake Park is one of the jewels of our Parks system, with its diverse natural areas, tremendous views of the lakefront and central location. The Ravine Road Bridge is key in encouraging exploration of this beautiful park and access to recreation, both along the bridge and on the road below.
“Our main goals with a project like this are always protecting the safety of our residents and responsibly leaving a legacy for future generations. This grant will help us meet both of those goals in completing this project at the heart of Lake Park,” he added.
“I’m very glad that we’ll soon be able to move forward with this project, and I want to thank WisDOT for their support,” said Milwaukee County Sup. Sheldon Wasserman. “I’m also grateful for the work of the Parks employees who created this application.
“The supporters and neighbors of Lake Park have been waiting a long time for this issue to be resolved, and they will all be appreciative when the project is complete. To me, Lake Park is the crown jewel of the Parks system, and this landmark adds to the incredible beauty of the park,” Wasserman noted.
The Ravine Road Bridge, designed by Milwaukee architecture firm Ferry and Clas, was constructed in 1906 to span one of the several large ravines in Lake Park. After a conditions assessment in 2014, which identified increased cracking in the concrete bridge, the bridge and the drive below it (Ravine Road) were closed.
In 2017, Milwaukee County also committed $500,000 toward an expected $2.5 million budget for the project. The TAP grant will ensure full funding of the project.
Ravine Road Bridge
- County Receives $2 Million Grant for Lake Park Bridge - County Executive Chris Abele - Sep 12th, 2018
- County Parks To Seek State Grant to Fund Ravine Road Bridge Project - Milwaukee County Parks. - Feb 8th, 2018
- Op-Ed: Lake Park’s Bridge Spans History - Paul Daniel Marriott - Apr 5th, 2017
- Public Forum For Lake Park Bridge - Virginia Small - Feb 13th, 2017
- County Closes Lake Park Bridge - Virginia Small - Dec 14th, 2016
- Donor Pledges $1 Million for Lake Park Bridge - Virginia Small - Nov 7th, 2016
- County Faces Issues When Replacing Bridges - Virginia Small - Aug 22nd, 2016
- Lake Park Bridge Faces Thorny Issues - Virginia Small - Jul 29th, 2016
- Can Lake Park Bridge Be Saved? - Virginia Small - Jul 13th, 2016
- Lake Park Bridge Work Group Announced - Virginia Small - May 11th, 2016
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