'Fix it First' Program Could Mend 'Deficient' Muskego 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.

There are a number of structurally deficient bridges Obama referred to in the Muskego area, 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."

Below are some of those bridges considered structually deficient that might affect Muskego drivers in Waukesha County:

  • IH 43 NB, Crosses CTH HHH MARTIN ROAD  27,300
  • IH 43 SB, Crosses CTH HHH MARTIN ROAD 27,000
  • LRD SUNNY SLOPE ROAD, Crosses IH 43 
  • IH 43 SB, Crosses STH 164
  • IH 43 NB, Crosses STH 164
  • IH 43 SB, Crosses LRD HILO DRIVE
  • IH 43 SB, Crosses FOX RIVER

Data indicates that over 27,000 cars daily use both bridges on Martin Road. 

Some in nearby Milwaukee County:

  • CTH U S 76TH ST, Crosses STH 36-LOOMIS RD
  • LRD W HOWARD AVE, Crosses IH 894-USH 45
  • LRD W CLEVELAND AV, Crosses IH 894-USH 45

Over 7,600 cars use the bridge over Loomis Road. 

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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