Public Construction News
Plans for public construction are developed, bid and awards for work are made by the Common Council. The Engineering Services Division oversees these contracts after award. You can sign up for email or text message updates on construction activities. Updates are sent periodically about ongoing construction updates. Sign up today to stay in the loop about construction.
For more information on the projects below click on the link to see the project webpage:
70th Street Bridge over the Menomonee River
The 70th Street bridge will close in order to install a polymer overlay beginning Monday, August 14. This will be a quick project and the bridge is planned to reopen by the weekend of August 18.
2017 - 2026 Sidewalk Program Area Map
Frequently asked Questions
69th Street Plaza Construction Project
Beginning on Sunday, July 16 at 8:00 pm the public parking lot at the intersection of 69th Street and North Avenue will be closed to allow for the pedestrian plaza construction and construction of public parking lots, which is scheduled to begin Monday, July 17. More details about the project can be found by watching the video below. The new parking spaces are anticipated to open by October 15.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Village / State Street Streetscaping 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.