Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Newly Opened High Bridge Gives Bird's Eye View

The High Bridge, Eau Claire, Wisconsin over the Chippewa River

As it turns out the High Bridge crossing the Harlem River that just reopened in June, 2015 is not the only pedestrian bridge named The High Bridge that reopened recently.  The High Bridge in Eau Claire, Wisconsin which crosses the Chippewa River also just reopened.  At 900 feet in length, it is a substantial bridge in its own right. The cost of reconstruction was a mere $1.15 Million compared to the $61.8 Million for the namesake crossing the Harlem River here in New York City.

The Eau Claire High Bridge’s history dates to 1898, when Chicago and North Western Railway built the bridge and later sold it to Union Pacific Railroad.  For more information on this happening click here

In a related matter the City of Eau Claire has now designated the area on the West side of the High Bridge to be a redevelopment area and are attracting restaurants and other mixed use developers to come to the area.  They have started by renaming the area "The Cannery District" for more information on this click here.

If you are interested in seeing other bridges that are named "High Bridge" click here.

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea that there were this many large pedestrian bridges around. I guess this is a trend. Sort of repurposing old bridges. The folks in St. Paul got a bargain for only $1,200,000 compared to the High Bridge in NYC.