The new bridge is part of the city of Milwaukee plans for the latest Lakefront Gateway Development project. The $34 million project was first introduced back in March 2013 as part of city plans to change the I-794 ramps and extend Lincoln Memorial Drive near the area adjacent to the 75-acre Henry Maier festival park, the Summerfest grounds downtown Milwaukee. The new design options call for a pedestrian’s bridge crossing Michigan Street and Lincoln Memorial Drive. The new bridge could help pave the way for the newly proposed tower, the Couture, to replace the current Downtown Transit Center.
The option that is most likely to become true is the longest bridge design with elevator for bikers and pedestrians located on the north side of the Clybourn Street extension. Construction of the project could begin in late 2015, and be completed in 2016. An open discussion over the bridge design options was held back in mid May, where residents were able to comment and vice their opinions on the new project. Part of the discussion was the project design architect Greg Uhen, of Epstein Uhen Architects the Milwaukee office. As consultants to the city of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, they presented four options, the longest and most expensive design was favored and most likely to be picked as final.