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The Village Reconstruction and Streetscaping Project
On September 1, Harmonee Avenue opened up to four lanes of traffic, Wauwatosa Avenue is now paved and open to vehicle traffic as of September 6.

Follow the link below for details on the multi-phase project in its entirety
The Village / State Street Streetscaping Project

Asphalt Crack Filling between October 17 and November 17
Between October 17th and November 17th, crack filling will take place in several areas around Wauwatosa. The contractor, Thunder Road Asphalt, will be routing, cleaning, and sealing cracks in the street pavement from 7AM until dark during these dates. 

The work is an annual preventative measure and the cost will not be assessed to property owners. Temporary ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted within 24 hours of the start of the crack filling process on your street. Please do not park on the affected streets from 7AM to 9PM when signs are posted. Your vehicle may be towed if it obstructs the work.

Please contact Andrew Ledger of the City of Wauwatosa Engineering Department with any questions at 479-8900 ext. 5654.

Planned Reconstruction of Underwood and Woodland Avenues in 2018
To learn more about this project, which is currently in design phase for a planned 2018 construction, please view this YouTube video presentation by Senior Civil Engineer Maggie Anderson.

Meinecke Avenue Bridge Overnight Repair Work

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is set to begin repair work on the Meinecke Avenue bridge structure over I-41 the week of August 21st, with overnight work removing the railing and fencing on Thursday, August 24th, and demolishing the bridge deck overnight on the 25th, both from 10pm-8am. Overnight work will create a substantial amount of noise as parts of the bridge deck are removed using excavators and hydraulic hammers. There will be additional lighting overnight during repairs.

The project, stemming from damage under the bridge deck due to a vehicle collision earlier this summer, is expected to be completed in its entirety late October 2017.

Please contact Project Manager Phil Ciha at (414) 750-1509 or Regional Communications MAnager Mike Pyritz at (414) 313-8003 with any project related questions.

69th Street Plaza Construction Project
Construction continues on the pedestrian plaza at 69th Street and North Avenue. Construction was stalled for a short period of time due to locating underground storage tanks during excavation. Work began again on Wednesday, August 9. Between the underground tank and a need to consult with a structural engineer, project completion is delayed. The engineering staff is working with the general contractor and structural engineer to ascertain the impact of the delays on the project schedule.

Construction hours are Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time if you have questions about the project. We are here to help. Design questions can be directed to Jen Stilling, Civil Engineer, at (414) 479-8934. Construction questions can be directed to Tony Minto, Senior Construction Engineer, at (414) 507-7153.

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 13 new trees in and around the plaza, 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.

While the pedestrian plaza is being constructed there will be times when public parking is not accessible at this location. 

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:

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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