Using a life line

News April 13, 2001
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta has accepted an application from Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum for federal discretionary funds to help rebuild the Daniel Webster Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee.

"Bridges are a vital line in America's transportation system, and we recognize the importance of the Hoan Bridge to Milwaukee's transportation network," said Mineta. "President Bush considers fixing the Hoan Bridge a priority, and we will work with Gov. McCallum and the state to identify the quickest way to rebuild this critical artery for Milwaukee."

The Hoan Bridge, which collapsed Dec. 13, 2000, when two of the three girders on one of the twin approach spans failed, carries I-794 over the Menomonee River. It connects the Bay View neighborhood and the southeastern suburbs to downtown and other major freeways. About 37,000 motorists travel over the dual-span bridge daily.

On Feb. 17 the Wisconsin Department of Transportation opened the southbound span to one lane of light vehicular traffic in each direction.

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