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Public Construction News


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 has been completed in North Avenue at 104th Street and is now focusing on the water main on Fischer Parkway during October. This work should be complete by the end of October, weather permitting. 

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.

Most of the above ground work has been completed and the contractors are finishing the grouting of the sewers. This project is scheduled be complete by the end of October, weather permitting. 

2015 Ravenswood project area.jpg

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:
    • 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 November 2015. See WisDOT flyer.
    • Wisconsin Avenue Bridge over US 45 is closed for reconstruction with the completion moved back to June of 2017.
    • The Center Street Bridge and Pedestrian Bridge are currently in design and are slated to be part of the North Leg Project and were expected to go out for bids fall 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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