Hoan Repairs

In reading the newsletter update below, it sounds like we will have another 3-5 years to wait before the Hoan Bridge will be redecked.  GRRRR, but perhaps this is a good thing since our new governor opposes the path.  What to do in the mean time?  Bill asked about the price of a ticket if a person is caught riding on the bridge.  Is that a latent suggestion for civil disobedience? Given all the basic fees that go into any moving violation, I would guess it would be over $140, which makes a critical mass ride over the bridge an expensive proposition. 

This update from County Supervisor Patricia Jursick’s November newsletter:


Many of you have continued to ask questions about the current work on the Hoan Bridge so here is the latest update. I spoke with Paul Trombino of the DOT and got this report:

DOT did an “end-up” inspection, a thorough examination of the bridge from one end to the other including taking a thermogram to determine which areas of the road surface need attention. DOT also did nondestructive steel inspections and reviewed the condition of the parapets. A contractor is placing netting under the bridge above Summerfest and Jones Island. Crews are also doing extensive repairs on the road surface including removing and replacing cement and rebar if needed. Road repair is expected to last another three to five years, according to Mr. Trombino.

While I am pleased some maintenance is taking place, we must not become complacent. DOT must still plan to perform a major re-decking which means total removal of the road deck with a complete replacement of all rebar and cement along with any other needed repair and painting of the structure. During current deck repair work, DOT will do the engineering study to determine the actual cost of re-decking.

This report will be issued sometime in January 2011. We must then find the political will to get the funding for our bridge. I have been in contact with Representative Gwen Moore’s office on several occasions to keep her office informed of this need.


About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

4 thoughts on “Hoan Repairs

  1. Dave - an chance on getting an exemption and a police escort for a ride over the bridge for about 200 or so Rampagin’ Santa’s?

    • It has been requested by the UPAF and others in the past and denied. It might be worth trying again ” in the spirit of Christmas” especially if the lanes are still closed.

      • the UPAF Ride would’ve required a complete lane shut down for a longer period of time. Rampagin’ Santas would only need a rolling enclosure of 2 squads for the 10? minutes required.

        Get the Mayor going on this - he’d make a good Rampager.

  2. Asking the price of the ticket is not the same as encouraging bicyclists to bike the Hoan while it is illegal. Everyone should know the price. And you should also know that the expansion joints have been known to twist a wheel badly. It’s a long walk down carrying a bike. Ride safely, wherever. Who does not love the bravado of seeing a bicyclist get away with it.

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