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'Fix it First' Program Could Mend 'Deficient' Port, Saukville Area Bridges

In his 2013 State of the Union Address Tuesday, President Barack Obama touched on a number of policies that include infrastructure, he proposed a "Fix it First" plan that would address the nation's crumbling roads and bridges.

President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday night what he called a "Fix It First" program to address the nation's crumbling infrastructure — like roads and bridges — in an effort to improve citizens' quality of life and bring jobs to the United States.

The Port Washington and Saukville area has one bridge that is structurally deficient bridge,  according to Transportation for America. 

"I propose a 'Fix-It-First' program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country," Obama said during the State of the Union Address.

"And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most — modern ports to move goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children."

The bridge LRD Highland Avenue, which crosses IH 43-STH 32-STH 57, is considered tructurally deficient. Data indicates that 2,100 cars use the 46 year old bridge daily.

See the accompanying map for a look at other deficient bridges, which are indicated in red.

Overall, Wisconsin ranks 37th in the country when it comes to inadequate bridges with about 8.2 percent of all its bridges rated as such.

That may change if Obama has anything to say about it.

"Let’s prove that there is no better place to do business than the United States of America," he said Tuesday. "And let’s start right away."

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GGESS February 14, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Where is this bridge?
Rik Kluessendorf February 14, 2013 at 06:38 PM
If I read this right, that is the I-43 overpass where 57 North separates from I-43. That would make the traffic volume make sense.
Greg February 14, 2013 at 07:12 PM
It is the Highland Ave. bridge in Mequon, north of Mequon RD. & south of Pioneer Rd. I thought that bridge was resurfaced not long ago.
Greg February 14, 2013 at 09:10 PM
That bridge is being looked at as a possible interchange that would be installed during the I-43 reconstruction project. This seems like a potential disconnect within our government, is that possible?
GGESS February 14, 2013 at 09:41 PM
The Highland bridge in Mequon was just redone. It is the one that they spent extra money on to make it have a field stone look to it. Nothing like any of the bridges they have repaired so far. I am all for fixing some roads, but what does this have to do with jobs? I get that it will put some construction people to work but the article states that we would do this to "improve citizens quality of life and bring jobs to the United States". What??? Did he really say this? Ha Ha... If you fix it... They will come! Oh my, we are in real trouble.

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