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New project set to begin on Hoan Bridge

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New project set to begin on Hoan Bridge

By James Kust and Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Sep 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 26, 2013

MILWAUKEE - More than 10 years ago, the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee had a similar problem the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay is facing.

A section of the bridge sagged, the northbound lanes buckled and part of the bridge was "imploded". The Hoan Bridge took nearly a year to rebuild.

Now, a major upgrade to the Hoan is about to begin.

Raising kids and using the Hoan bridge are both ways of life for Jessica Hamilton of Bay View.

"I think it's a very easy access way for people in the Bay View, Cudahy, St. Francis area to be able to get over to downtown," she said.

Soon there will be a shakeup to that commute. After a successful campaign to save the aging Hoan, the long-standing staple of Milwaukee's skyline will get an upgrade.

Alderman Terry Witkowski is confident the DOT improvements will make the Hoan safe for years to come.

"Safety is one of their number one concern,” he explained. “So, I have every confidence that when they do the job here they'll have done the best job possible."

A rendering from the Department of Transportation shows you the key improvements. The parapet barrier walls will be replaced, deteriorating steel joints will be repaired, the aging bridge deck will be replaced and everything gets a new paint job.

Three traffic lanes total stay open during the project, and movable traffic barriers aim to ease the commute.

This upgrade on the Hoan Bridge is set to begin in a few weeks. The project will continue through 2015.