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Posted by  Jim on June 17, 2003 at 08:30:25:

In Reply to:  buildings above roads or highways posted by Batia on June 16, 2003 at 23:41:10:

There are several buildings in Milwaukee that surmount or bridge a highway or roadway beneath them. The first in this list is the "Sky Bridge" of the Grand Avenue Mall (a new owner now calls it the 'Shops at Grand Avenue') where the Sky Bridge is a glass enclosed bridge that has retailing carts along its sides. The photo here does not show it, but it is between the two buildings shown, over Plankinton Ave. at Wisconsin Ave. (the former Grand Ave.):

The next is an office building built over a busy expressway for three of its lanes wide, and is the Annex of the Milwaukee County Courthouse on Wells St. at 9th St. If seen from the north, one can't help but see the giant 4-story-high mural of wales by that man going about the country looking for places to paint wales! This view also does not show the object in question which is on the west side of the County Courthouse, but the view is of the S.E. facade of the Courthouse. The Milwaukee convention and visitors' bureau can no doubt locate photos of both of these structures, as well as the new building at the airport which has lobbies over formerly open streets below. This is the view of the courthouse:

A part of the Milw. Convention center is built over Wells St., but the view here is of the S.E. corner of the building on Wis. Ave. at 4th St. Perhaps their publicity people will have a photo of the tunnel-like space that has blue 'runway lights' mounted to the ceiling to recall the runway lights at the airport, thus to remind those driving underneath of who bought the naming rights to the building (Midwest Express Airlines based in Milw.):

Milwaukee's Firstar Center/U.S. Bank building is the tallest in the state at 42 stories, but a rear portion is the "Galleria", a skylight-lit avenue of commercial space with a huge fountain of polished stainless cylinders cascading water, and it passes over Michigan Ave. at Jackson St., but it too is not visible in this photo of the main building from the N.E.:

The Convention and Visitors' Bureau may have much more information and photos:

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