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FOX POINT FOOTBRIDGE: MILWAUKEE

Today's post takes me to my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where a footbridge in the town of Fox Point that spans a ravine has been rebuilt and finally made accessible again.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1911 and was a major passageway for residents on either side of the ravine. As time passed, the trusses began to weaken and the bridge was tagged as inaccessible as it did not meet safety standards.

The designers who rehabbed the bridge made sure to mimic its original trusses and used recycled weathered steel that can age on its own. See the detail below, it's quite beautiful.

You'd need a really big wrench to unscrew those bolts!

You'd need a really big wrench to unscrew those bolts!

While my fear of heights was definitely induced by walking across, the view of Lake Michigan is spectacular atop the trees. I'll be sure to visit this footbridge again come spring when the foliage is quite different!