The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced it will pay to lower Kinnikinnic Avenue, where the infamous “KK Can Opener” is located so that trucks can easily fit underneath at least one of the problematic bridges.

The two bridges that cross over Kinnickinnic Avenue in Milwaukee have been notorious for trapping vehicles. The 12-foot and 9-inch-tall bridges are owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, making it difficult in the past for the DOT to find an easy solution.

The newly proposed adjustment to the street level is part of a larger $1.73 million project that by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to support the development of Komatsu Mining‘s South Harbor Campus. The project will lower S. Kinnickinnic Ave. as it goes under a Canadian Pacific railroad bridge near E. Stewart St. at the north end of Bay View

The project will give trucks access to the south end of the site from Interstate 94’s Becher Street off-ramp. Construction is planned for summer 2022 and road closures are expected, with traffic diverted to S. 1st. St.

The bridge itself has even responded to the announcement through its Facebook page, where it regularly boasts about its ability to consume trucks as they pass underneath.

“So looks like Komatsu and the DOT is gonna put me on a diet. Hopefully I’ll get a few more big meals. And I’ll always be here, I’ve welcomed visitors to Bay View, and residents home for more than 100 years. I’m not going anywhere…just not going to eat as much. Thanks to everyone who is concerned about me,” wrote the KK Can Opener account.

So looks like Komatsu and the DOT is gonna put me on a diet. Hopefully I’ll get a few more big meals. And I’ll always…

Posted by KK Can Opener on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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