Veterans Memorial Bridge Open on Veterans Day
Niagara –State Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) joined State Senator Jim Holperin, Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Jason Johns, Michigan Legislators, and other community leaders at the opening of the Highway 141 Bridge connecting the Wisconsin and Michigan borders on Friday November 11th – Veterans Day.
“Veterans Memorial Bridge will serve as a living tribute to all the men and women who have bravely served our country,” said Mursau. “It is only fitting that the bridge opening is on Veterans Day.”
Representative Mursau authored the bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 270 to name the bridge over the Menominee River “Veterans Memorial Bridge”. The bridge connects the cities of Niagara, Wisconsin and Iron Mountain, Michigan. The work on the bridge was a partnership between both states and took 11 months to complete. AB 270 received unanimous approval by the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Scott Walker. A similar bill was signed into law in Michigan.
“I appreciate the hard work of everyone on both sides of the river who worked on this project,” said Mursau. “I would also like to thank the Dickinson Area Partnership and the Niagara Area Business Association for raising the money necessary for the signs marking the bridge.”
The bridge, which cost $6.6 million to complete, consists of two-12 foot wide travel lanes, two-10 foot wide paved shoulders and a six foot paved sidewalk separated from traffic by a steel railing. The new bridge is 21 feet wider and 40 feet longer than the previous bridge.