Category Archives: Construction

Construction Update: 11th Avenue, Sherman, Blake

Quick construction update …

The new-and-improved 11th Avenue is now open, with the construction project between Milwaukee and Michigan Avenues nearly complete. (Check out the photo below.)

The road will be home to the South Milwaukee Downtown Market once again starting Thursday, July 31, as the market moves from its temporary home at 12th and Milwaukee to its traditional location.

The South Milwaukee City Council also approved at its meeting Tuesday spending more than $250,000 to repave Sherman Avenue Fifth to Ninth and Blake Avenue Eighth to Ninth, in addition to water main work on Sherman.


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Drexel Avenue Is Open

Just a quick update …

Drexel Avenue is now fully open east- and west-bound from 15th to Nicholson Avenues. Thanks for your patience, and please drive safely.


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Drexel Lane Closures Coming

Take note: The westbound lanes of Drexel Boulevard from 15th Avenue to Nicholson will be completely closed for approximately three weeks starting on Tuesday, April 22.

Then, once work on that side of the street is done, eastbound lanes will be closed.

This is all part of the multi-year reconstruction project on this major city street. The project should be completed by the end of May.

Learn more here. And thanks ahead of time for your patience as we continue to invest in our infrastructure.

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Construction Headache Alert: Big Changes On 794 To Downtown

Here is the latest news on the Hoan Bridge project, including details on a key closure and a new temporary roadway into downtown …

I took this route a couple times this weekend, and I can see this being a big mess during rush hour especially. Stay safe!

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Hoan Headaches Start

And so it begins …

Check out Hoan Bridge project update from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation here.

In early November, work will begin in preparation for the I-794 Lake Freeway / Hoan Bridge Project. This work includes improving local intersections and building ramps and crossovers to prepare for construction. As part of this work, the I-794 East exit to Lincoln Memorial Drive will close from early November 2013 until Fall 2015. Motorists are advised to take the Jackson / Van Buren Street exit to Michigan Street and travel east to Lincoln Memorial Drive. The Lincoln Memorial Drive southbound entrance ramp to I-794 East (Southbound) will also close during this time. Motorists should utilize the Broadway Street entrance ramp to access I-794 East (Southbound). In late 2013 / early 2014 additional traffic changes will take place. This will include lane restrictions and additional ramp closures. 

Check out some more project details, and here is a project newsletter.

And here is a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story. From it:

By the week of Nov. 4, though, work will ramp up with Lake Interchange closures, including the eastbound I-794 exit to Lincoln Memorial Drive and the southbound entrance to the Hoan Bridge.

In late December, the bulk of the $172.2 million construction project will commence, including redecking of the Hoan Bridge as well as a complete reconstruction of I-794 from the Milwaukee River to Milwaukee St., including the Jackson St. and Van Buren St. ramps.

Roads on the Lake Interchange also will be resurfaced with two inches of concrete. First, the eastbound lanes of I-794 and the southbound lanes of the Hoan Bridge will close, shifting all traffic to the other halves of the structures. In about a year, the scenario will flip, with westbound I-794 and northbound Hoan Bridge lanes closing for construction.

Carolynn Gellings, the project manager, said the state anticipates reopening I-794 completely by Labor Day 2015 and the Hoan Bridge by December 2014. 

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Hoan Headaches Start Next Month

Just when you thought it was getting a bit easier to commute to downtown Milwaukee … 

Now comes word that the Hoan Bridge reconstruction project starts next month. 

Oak Creek Patch has the story. 

And here is more information from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 

I’ll keep you posted. And be patient. 

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Investing In Infrastructure: City Council Approves 2013 Capital Projects

The biggest decision at Tuesday’s South Milwaukee City Council meeting: A 7-0 vote to move ahead with $1 million in various capital improvement projects this year. Among the projects and estimated costs …

  • Re-roofing the city garage: $300,000
  • 12th Avenue reconstruction, Milwaukee to Minnesota Avenues: $250,000
  • Replacing one of the South Milwaukee Fire Department medical units: $185,000
  • Repaving and other work on Minnesota and Monroe Avenues, 12th to 14th Avenues: $150,000
  • Various repaving, local streets and alleys: $105,500
  • Replace lighting fixtures at the library: $9,500

While the council approved the overall plan, it must still approve each of these products as they come up, so actual costs may vary. And we’ve already discussed several of these improvements.

As to how these projects will be paid for, the council also approved either of two options, to be determined: moving existing money from our undesignated funds (“rainy day” fund) or borrowing the amount with a short-term loan to be paid off when we do a larger, longer-term borrowing down the road (likely in 2014).

I’ll keep you posted on some of these projects as they get underway.

Also approved at Tuesday’s council meeting: Spending up to $180,000 for significant concrete repairs on Drexel Boulevard, from Nicholson to 15th Avenues. That work will be completed by the end of September, with pavement marking after that. Phase two of this project — east of 15th — will come later, perhaps 2014. The pavement dates to 1972.

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Rawson Avenue Reopens, With New Bridge

The Interstate 94 on- and off-ramps won’t open until late fall, but Rawson Avenue is open once again following the construction and movement into place of a new overpass bridge.

One lane is open each way into September.

Check out information on the Wisconsin DOT I-94 construction website, including this video of the new bridge being put into place.

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Milwaukee Avenue Closures Continue Friday

Update: Milwaukee Avenue was expected to reopen by late Friday afternoon.

Sorry I didn’t blog about this before now, but those of you who drove through downtown South Milwaukee today already know this: Milwaukee Avenue is closed at the railroad tracks in both directions to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Here is the good news: The crossing is expected to reopen Saturday.

Union Pacific is performing crossing maintenance, forcing the closure. Detour routes are posted and include using Rawson Avenue, Marquette Avenue and Highway 32. 

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Rawson Avenue Construction Update

If you haven’t already found alternate travel plans to avoid the mess around Interstate 94 and Rawson Avenue in recent months, you should probably do so ASAP.

The big news — Rawson will be completely closed from 13th to 20th Streets from May 28 to late June. Freeway and ramp closures are also planned at various times.

See the full recap from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation here. I’ll keep you posted.

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Lights On The Hoan Bridge? Love It!

They listened!

I am sure South Milwaukee Blog was the reason they’re looking at lighting the Hoan Bridge arch :)

Check out the story and image below …



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Rawson Interchange Update: Long Summer

Expect delays as you head through the Rawson Ave.-Interstate 94 interchange through the summer.

Oak Creek Patch has more, and here is a one-pager from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation with more details and a construction timeline. From the DOT document …

Construction on this project will take place in four major stages.

  • In Stage 1, Rawson Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between 13th and 20th Streets. The northbound exit ramp to westbound Rawson Avenue and the westbound Rawson Avenue bus and carpool entrance to the northbound loop ramp will also be closed at this time. Stage 1 of construction begins in mid-February to early March.
  • In Stage 2, Rawson Avenue southbound entrance ramp, northbound loop ramp, northbound exit-ramp, and southbound exit ramp to eastbound Rawson Avenue will be closed to traffic. Rawson Avenue will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction between 13th and 20th Streets. Stage 2 of construction will start in early March to early June.
  • In Stage 3, Rawson Avenue between 13th and 20th Streets will be closed to traffic as the old bridge is demolished and a new bridge installed. In addition to the ramps closed in Stage 2, the northbound entrance ramp from Rawson Avenue to I-94 will also be closed to traffic. Stage 3 of construction will begin early June to early July.
  • In Stage 4, Rawson Avenue will be reopened to one lane in each direction between 13th and 20th Streets. All entrance and exit ramps atthe interchange will be closed to traffic during this stage as construction on the new interchange is finished. Stage 4 of construction will begin in early July and completed in late fall.

In other words, please be patient.

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Short-Term Headaches, Long-Term Improvement: Work Underway On Rawson Interchange

Reports Oak Creek Patch:

Crews have begun the first stage of a months-long project to reconstruct the interchange, which will result in multiple lane and ramp closures from now until fall.

Access from northbound I-94 to westbound Rawson Avenue closed this week, and beginning next week, Rawson will be down to one lane in each direction between 13th and 20th streets.

Stage 2 is set to begin March 7, which will result in several ramp closures and more lane closures, and continue until early June.

The bridge will be demolished in the summer, and construction will wrap up in late fall, according to the state Department of Transportation.


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Coming In 2013: Rawson Interchange Reconstruction

Ready for more orange barrels?

Reconstruction of the Rawson Avenue interchange at Interstate 94 is planned for 2013.

Oak Creek Patch has the story. From it:

The interchange will be reconstructed into a “tight diamond,” meaning ramp connections with the cross street will be brought closer to I-94, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Officials say this will allow for better traffic operations between the interchange and 13th and 20th streets.

A start date is not yet known.

At least the Drexel Avenue interchange is done and open. College Avenue was completed last fall.

Learn more about the I-94 North-South Freeway project here.

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Another Step Taken In Extending 794

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission added the extension of the Lake Parkway to the Year 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, unanimously approving the six-mile project at its meeting Wednesday.

Check out the press release from Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik, a champion of this project, and coverage from Oak Creek Patch.

Jursik’s statement:

An extended Lake Parkway will provide the necessary transportation infrastructure to promote economic development in Milwaukee County’s South Shore and around the Port of Milwaukee and General Mitchell International Airport.  We are part of the increasingly powerful lake corridor mega-region that stretches from Gary, Indiana through Chicago, Illinois to Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.  I call upon State elected officials to fund this important corridor project.

Indeed, that is the hardest part about this important initiative. I’ll keep you posted.


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