DOT builds first-of-its-kind I-94 Oak Creek bridge alongside freeway

CREATED Apr. 29, 2013

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OAK CREEK - A first of its kind construction project in Wisconsin is underway on I-94, and it's attracting some attention. 

"A lot of people have said 'You're building the bridge in the wrong place,' " the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Ryan Luck told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Michelle Richards.

Crews are building two massive pieces of the Rawson Avenue bridge off to either side of I-94. 

Luck is managing the project.

He tells Michelle it's the first time this type of technology is being used in Wisconsin.

He says that once the bridge is built, "then we bring in very large moving equipment that travels around the country, and they lift the bridge up, roll it down the freeway with heavy transporters, and they gently set the bridge down into place."

The new technology means the DOT will have to close the bridge for about 3 weeks,  instead of 5 or 6 months.