Drivers to have full access to Broadway Bridge during start of festival season

MILWAUKEE -- The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works has announced the Broadway Bascule Bridge over the Milwaukee River will be fully open to traffic on Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th -- as well as the entire Summerfest festival.

The bridge is opening all lanes of traffic for the Rock 'N Sole Run and the Special Olympics Torch Relay.

Beginning Monday, June 15th, traffic over the bridge will once again be limited to one lane in each direction.

Beginning Tuesday, June 23rd, the bridge will be fully open to traffic during the entire Summerfest festival.

Following Summerfest on Monday, July 6th, traffic on the Broadway Bridge will once again be limited to one lane in each direction.

Additional traffic updates for the bridge will be announced as work progresses.

The entire bridge project is expected to be completed by September 2015, weather permitting.

The Broadway Bascule Bridge is the first moving bridge that boats and ships pass through on their way from Lake Michigan to the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers and the Downtown Milwaukee area. A bascule style bridge is one that opens at the center with two 'leaves' counter-weighted to assist in opening and closing the bride.