The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will provide $ 1.73 million for the construction of the Komatsu Mining project in South Harbor. And much of that will go lowering the section of KK belong the bridge.
The $1.46 million road project will lower S Kinnickinnic Ave as it goes under a Canadian Pacific railroad bridge near E Stewart St. at the north end of Bay View.
That project, which will give trucks access to the south end of the site from Interstate 94’s Becher Street off-ramp, is expected to take place in summer 2022. Road closures are expected, with traffic diverted to S. 1st. St.
Two notorious Canadian Pacific Railroad bridges cross Kinnickinic Avenue are well known for all truck drivers because of frequently getting stuck underneath it.
Each bridge has a relatively low clearances at 12 feet 9 inches, and each loves “swallowing” trucks, which, legally, can be as tall as 13 feet and 6 inches.
“KK Can Opener” has its personal Facebook page, where the bridge(s) are portrayed as sentient beings happily devouring trucks.
Someone asked me “which bridge” I was. I am more than just a bridge, I have a north jaw and a south jaw, which manifest as train bridges but I am also the land, I am also the river, I exist here, I feed here.
He recently reacted to the statement with the following post:
“So looks like Komatsu and the DOT is gonna put me on a diet. Hopefully I’ll get a few more big meals. And I’ll always be here, I’ve welcomed visitors to Bay View, and residents home for more than 100 years. I’m not going anywhere…just not going to eat as much. Thanks to everyone who is concerned about me.”
So looks like Komatsu and the DOT is gonna put me on a diet. Hopefully I’ll get a few more big meals. And I’ll always…