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Plans for public construction are developed, bid, and awards made by the Common Council. The Engineering Services Division oversees construction of the public works contracts.

Below is a map of the major projects planned for 2015 throughout the city. The larger projects such as Milwaukee Avenue Utilities, Burleigh Street and the State Street Improvements will have their own dedicated page for project updates, scope, history and useful links.

You can sign up for "Notify Me" for this page or any of the Project Webpages identified below available through the City’s website to receive email or text notifications of construction activities and project updates. Use the attached link to sign up for Construction News at "Notify Me":

Please click on the flowing links for information about these projects or use the button in the navigation pane to the left.

Burleigh Street - Hwy 100 to US 45 Project

Milwaukee Avenue Utility and Street Reconstruction

Menomonee River Parkway Project


2015 Construction Zone Map

104th Street and North Avenue Storm Sewer Extension
This project involves increasing the storm sewer capacity for Mayfair Mall Shopping Center and the neighborhoods south of the Mall. This work will include a new storm sewer and will require a new outfall into Underwood Creek. Additionally, some water main work will be undertaken at the same time.

The project is expected to start on June 10 on North Ave at 104th street, and progress south into the neighborhood over the next week or so weather permitting. The work on North Ave will require some lane closures and will affect traffic at the entrance to the mall. 

Milwaukee Avenue Pavement Project – East of Wauwatosa Avenue
Wauwatosa DPW Operations will be repairing and replacing the west bound pavement on Milwaukee Avenue from 73rd to Wauwatosa Avenue beginning June 15th through June 19th. 

Due to the short window of opportunity to accomplish this work, coupled with safety concerns for the crews during construction we anticipate having to close both lanes of traffic on Milwaukee Avenue between 73rd street to Wauwatosa Avenue from 7 am until approximately 4 pm daily; the west bound lane will be closed until June 22nd and will be re-opened at 6:30 am that morning.  

This project has been scheduled this week due to that fact it is the only week school is not in session, summer school starts June 22nd. We will have advanced warning signs placed strategically in and around the work zone to alert motorists and residents of the road closure. 
Below is the tentative schedule for this pavement project (subject to change due to weather):
   • June 10th – June 12th - Mark pavement, prep and saw cut – this will not require any road closure
   • Friday June 12th - Stage warning signs and barricades in work zone prior to the start of construction
   • Monday June 15th through Friday June 19th – Construction activities start at 7:00 am and the eastbound lane will re-open daily at 4:00 pm
   • Monday June 22nd - 6:30 am Re-open both lanes of traffic on Milwaukee Avenue 
Depending on weather conditions we anticipate to have this project completed by Friday June 19th. 

We understand this will be an inconvenience to residents and motorists and we are taking the necessary steps to inform homeowners on Milwaukee Avenue in advance of this project. We will make every effort to accommodate residents during construction, providing a safe work zone for workers and residents is our number one priority. 

Center Street Utilities Project
As part of the planned reconstruction of Highway 45, which is part of the Zoo Interchange construction project, the replacement of the bridge overpass at Center Street is scheduled for 2016. The City has awarded the contract to relocate the sanitary sewers from 112th and 116th Street in preparation for future re-pavement as part of the north leg of US 45 reconstruction.
This project will also include the preparations to replace and relocate the water main crossing the freeway beneath the Center Street.

Ravenswood Area Sanitary Sewer Improvements
This is Phase II of the Ravenswood area sanitary sewer work that was started in 2012 and 2013 to mitigate basement back-ups after the floods of 2008 and 2010.

The work is scheduled to start on June 10 and involves the lining the sanitary sewers in most of the area shown on the attached map as well as various spot repairs listed below. These repairs are usually one day or less of excavation at each location to be followed several weeks later with pavement repairs.

2015 Ravenswood project area.jpg
Locations requiring excavation around the manholes to perform the necessary spot repairs:
In front of 627/628/636/637 Elmspring Ave
In front of 8817 W Hawthorne Ave
Just east of 8721/8723 W Hawthorne Ave
In front of 8615/8617 W Hawthorne Ave
In front of 8517/8519 W Hawthorne Ave
In front of 505/506 Pleasant View St
Behind 7527 Wellauer Dr (alleyway behind the CVS on Blue Mound Ln)
In front of 116/117 N 85th St
In front of 177 N 85th St
In front of 171 N 86th St
In front of 130/131 N 89th St
In front of 216/217 N 89th St
In front of 310/311 N 89th St
In front of 176/177 N 89th St
Behind 7521 Wellauer Dr (alleyway behind the CVS on Blue Mound Ln)
Behind 7423 Wellauer Dr/7418 W Blue Mound Rd
Behind 7331 Wellauer Dr/7324 W Blue Mound Rd
Behind 7227 Wellauer Dr/7224 W Blue Mound Rd

We do not have any scheduled excavations in backyard easements or on designated Zoo Interchange detour routes.

MMSD Schoonmaker Creek Project
In the vicinity of State Street and 63rd Street (across the street from the Reserve Apartment complex) contractors are transforming part of Schoonmaker creek to reduce the risk of flooding for neighbors and businesses. The $6 million effort, part of a larger flood management project, removes Schoonmaker Creek from a concrete culvert underground, creates more storage for floodwater along the Menomonee River, and provides environmental and habitat improvements for both waterways.

To make way for additional floodwater storage, construction will require moving tons of dirt, approximately 5,600 dump truck loads, increasing traffic on State Street near the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee border.

Currently, the creek runs underground for about 500 feet from the railroad tracks, south, to the Menomonee River. The drawing below shows how Schoonmaker will flow above ground into a wetland that’s supported and buffered by rock features along the river to prevent erosion.

 Plan of creek location


Zoo Interchange Project
The project is now in the fourth 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 will now start seeing the increased traffic as various ramp closures and detours route traffic off the interstate now that work has started on Core Phase 1 of the Zoo Interchange.
Projects currently underway or coming soon are:
   • 84th Street under I-94, the bi-directional traffic has shifted to the southbound lane. Honey Creek Parkway opened on June 8.  (The westbound exit and westbound entrance ramps will reopen in late spring and early summer). See WisDOT flyer.
    • 92nd Street over I-94, the bridge closed on February 3rd until late 2015. See WisDOT flyer.
    • Zoo Interchange ramp, I-94 West to I-894/US 45 South closed until fall 2017. See WisDOT flyer.
    •  Zoo Interchange ramp, I-894/US 45 North to I-94 West system ramp closed until late 2015. See WisDOT flyer.
    • US 45 pavement resurfacing between Burleigh and Silver Spring. The work will occur overnight and will require nighttime lane restrictions. There will be periodic full freeway and ramp closures. The project is slated for completion Fall 2015. See WisDOT flyer.
    • Wisconsin Avenue Bridge over US 45 is closed for reconstruction until fall 2016.
    • The Center Street Bridge and Pedestrian Bridge are currently in design and are slated to be part of the North Leg Project to be let in August of 2016.

Please use the attached link to the WisDOT Zoo Interchange Website. This is a great source to find the latest updates, as well as, newsletters, Roadway Designs, and FAQ’s.

Here is the Zoo Interchange website link: WisDOT Zoo Interchange

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