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Oak Leaf Trail Pedestrian Bridge Replacement
The Oak Leaf Trail Pedestrian Bridge near the Village is slated to be fully demolished and replaced due to several areas showing signs of corrosion.

The proposed replacement bridge will be widened to 10’, 2’ wider than the current bridge originally constructed in 1981. There will also be slight shift of the bridge to the North to improve line of sight for pedestrians on the trail as well as some improvements to fencing and access ways to the bridge.

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 As a result, for the period of June 20-30 the bridge will be completely closed to pedestrians, and notices will be posted for an Oak Leaf Trail detour to the south via Honey Creek Parkway and up Kavanaugh Place due to State Street construction. When following detours, be safe and cross only at designated crossings. DO NOT use the railroad tracks or trestle to cross the river: it is not only extremely dangerous, but trespassing on private property.

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Tentative Construction Timeline:

June 20-30 – Bridge Closed (Use Detour)
June 26 – Bridge Demolition and Removal
June 27-28 – New Bridge Installation (Weather Dependent)
July 1 – Bridge Opened to the Public
Early July – Additional Fencing and Site Restoration

During construction, areas of the Public Parking Lot (Hart's Mill) on the west end of the bridge may be closed.

Plans were originally to repair the footbridge, which crosses over the Menomonee River between the Hart’s Mill Parking Lot and Hart Park Lane, but following a City investigation, estimated repair costs were higher than expected. Though simply repairing the bridge would be the less expensive option, the decision was made to replace the bridge due to long-term considerations. The new replacement bridge has an estimated lifetime of 70-80 years as opposed to the approximate 20 years of utility remaining with a repaired bridge. The demolished bridge will be dismantled and components recycled.

69th Street Plaza Construction Project
In July 2017, development will begin on a public gathering space and surface lot parking at the intersection of 69th and North Avenue, in what is currently the parking lot to the west of Rocket Baby Bakery. Construction will be phased over two years so as to not impact the East Tosa Gran Prix or Chilin' on the Ave events held in the area.

Hear Jennifer Stilling, civil engineer with the City of Wauwatosa, discuss the plans for the project and our vision for a pedestrian gathering place in Historic East Tosa in this video

What will be constructed in 2017? 13 parking stalls, a public drinking fountain and water bottle filler, a TOSA bike rack and bike fix-it station, pavers similar to those added in the Village which will assist with stormwater management.

Still to come in 2018: 5 lit lounge chairs, 5 picnic tables underneath a canopy structure, 3 plinth benches along North Avenue, 8 concrete benches, string lights, and an illuminated public parking sign. Landscaping, including trees, shrubs, and perennials will be added in 2018.

2017 Construction activities will take place from July 5 - October 15, Monday through Saturday from 7am-7pm. There will be no official detour set up, but there may occasionally be times when you will not be able to drive northbound on 69th Street from North Avenue. In these times, it is recommended to take 68th and 70th northbound and then reconnect with 69th via Meinecke Avenue.

Green Alley Reconstruction
How does it work? The Contractor will install pervious pavement system, concrete repaving, storm sewer relay, surface restoration, sidewalk and drive approaches in alleyways. The process reduces rainfall runoff, helps clean and recharge groundwater and alleviates flooding concerns.

Here is a brief video of pavers being installed.

Construction will take place on 60th, 69th, 92nd, 100th, and Park Dr. between late spring and late fall of 2017.

During construction, you will not have vehicle access to your property through the alley for 4 to 6 weeks. A parking permit will be delivered to each affected property allowing overnight parking during construction on City of Wauwatosa streets anywhere daytime parking is permitted. There will be no changes to trash, yard waste, and recycling schedules.

If the contractor is able to work right up against the edge of your driveway, the area between your garage and the alley will not need to be replaced. However there may be instances in which a small portion of your driveway would be removed at no additional cost to you. The contractor will also replace topsoil and sod in any lawn areas disturbed by construction and provide watering for the first 3 weeks.

Following the completion of the project, a Special Assessment billing will be mailed to you containing the final amount and outlining three payment plan options. Assessments are for standard alley construction and any additional costs for green alley specific components are covered by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District.

Aggregate Sealcoating
How does it work? We will clean the streets immediately prior to the sealcoating operation and then the contractor will apply asphalt oil, apply the proper cover aggregate, roll the street and if necessary broom to ensure proper distribution. While this work is done there will be a 2 - 3 hour window when the street is not accessible. Three to four days after the aggregate has been placed the Contractor will sweep the loose aggregate and haul it away.

The City has used sealcoating to extend the life of pavement on residential streets for over 60 years. It allows the reduction of one resurfacing project during the road's approximate 72 year lifespan. 

These 2 maps show the streets that are planned for sealcoating this year. Work will take place during summer. As the date gets closer, property owners in the area will receive a mailed letter from the City outlining more details about the project.

For more information on the projects below click on the link to see the project webpage:

The Village / State Street Streetscaping Project

Zoo Interchange Project
The project is now in the sixth year of the seven year construction schedule. The first years were focused on ‘building the box’ around the Zoo Interchange and is complete. These improvements to the local roads are seeing the increased traffic as various ramp closures and detours route traffic off the interstate as work continues on Core Phase 1 and 2 of the Zoo Interchange.
Projects underway in Wauwatosa are:

  • Zoo Interchange ramp, I-94 West to I-894/US 45 South closed until fall 2017. 
  • Wisconsin Avenue Bridge over US 45 is closed for reconstruction with the completion scheduled for late spring 2017.
Please see the WisDOT Zoo Interchange Website to obtain additional information, including the latest updates, newsletters, roadway designs and frequently asked questions. 

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