Sixth Street Bridges: Bridges Built for the Future

Since its construction in 1908 the Sixth Street Viaduct has been Milwaukee's visible sign of economic growth. But after 93 years of use the bridge was in an advanced stage of deterioration.


The Sixth Street Viaduct has a long history but is also a real cultural symbol for the city. It hasn´t only carried workers to their jobs at meatpacking plants and tanneries in the Menomonee Valley but also crossed social divides, by connecting Milwaukee's downtown to traditionally ethnic neighborhoods on the near south side.

Because of its detrioration, traffic had been restricted to two of the former four lanes and a weight limit was imposed on the bridge. In addition of the replacement of the old-bridge, the new bridge has been thought to provide better access to the Menomonee River Valley, which is a key area for the region's future economic development.

The Sixth Street Bridges form part of an ambitious project consisting of several bridges and elevated structures, meeting the city's needs for future growth while creating a new important connection to the Menomonee River Valley.


The Sixth Street Bridges are the first cable-stayed bridges built in Wisconsin. Each bridge has a pair of pylons to anchor the stay cables and two spans of 60 and 35 m.

The 42.7 m high pylons, which are sloped backwards, are stark contemporary features in the old historic area of Milwaukee. The stay cables were DYWIDAG DYNA Grip® type 37-0.6" with a maximum length of 62.5 m. The strands were anchored using the DYWIDAG DYNA Grip® Stay Cable System. For the prestressing of the cables the ConTen method in combination with gradient jacks was used. The whole project was successfully completed in fall 2002.

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City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

DSI USA, Stay Cable Engineering and Testing

Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff (HNTB), New York, New York, USA

Milwaukee Gateway Partners, Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA