Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik has published her new E-news update, with items on the 2013 county budget, College Avenue, the Cudahy native court house Christmas tree and this one on the 794 extension …
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) completed technical work for the potential extension of the Lake
Parkway. Federal and State agencies have reviewed the Air Quality Conformity Analysis. In early November, SEWRPC’s Advisory Committee on Regional Transportation Planning and SEWRPC’s Planning and Research Committee recommended that the Lake Parkway extension be added to the regional transportation plan. SEWRPC itself will consider the extension on December 5 when the Commission meets at General Mitchell International Airport.
Check out the full report here.
Oak Creek Patch has its take on the potential impact of the widened and otherwise improved College Avenue.
Check out it out here.
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Also, South Milwaukee NOW has posted the honor rolls for South Milwaukee Middle and High School. See them here.
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And State Sen. Chris Larson has published a new Larson Report.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik has published her latest eNews update, and it contains updates on the progress around the reconstruction of College Avenue and repairs on Grant Park’s Seven Bridges.
Check it out here. The long and short of it …
- College Avenue west of Pennsylvania is expected to open by Nov. 18.
- The Seven Bridges will be repaired over the winter.
The update also includes some good information on the reconfigured Route 15 bus line, Hoan Bridge bike lanes and other topics.
Update: I just heard from Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who said work on College west of Pennsylvania is expected to be complete by December. And be prepared: A roundabout is indeed planned on College at Ace Industrial Drive.
In case you haven’t noticed, College Avenue west of Pennsylvania Avenue is now closed to through traffic, setting up a frustratingly long detour around the airport using Layton Avenue to the north or Rawson Avenue to the south.
This happened in the last couple of days, and I’m not quite sure what the current timeline is for the project.
Of course, work on College east of Pennsylvania/Nicholson also continues, so that whole stretch is kind of a mess. But think of how it will look when it’s done!
I am working to find out more details and will keep you posted. In the meantime, please be patient around the delays.
Here’s a few brief updates on some 4th District public works projects of note …
- 15th Avenue improvements. Work is anticipated to start to on our about May 10 and continue into the fall in phases, according to a memo from the city engineer. With the help of the Street Department, Wastewater personnel have been replacing inlets and doing sanitary work in advance of the construction contract. Also, We Energies has been replacing and repairing gas valves in the area.
- 15th Avenue “stub streets.” The contract to resurface these streets has been advertised, with bids opened April 16. See the advertisement here. It calls for work to be “substantially complete” by July 2.
- College Avenue/runway project. According to the most recent update I have, expect College Avenue to close completely between Pennsylvania and Howell starting in May, and lasting until December. Be prepared for some traffic headaches.
I got another update in my inbox today regarding the Mitchell International Airport runway extension project.
Given the proximity of the main north-south runway to the 4th District — maybe a half mile from certain parts of the district — I’ll try and keep you informed on this issue as the work continues into 2010.
Here’s an excerpt from the December 1 update:
(Runway) construction work will now shift to College Ave. during daylight hours, except during inclement weather. During the day, passenger planes will primarily be using the east-west runway for takeoffs and landings, although planes needing a longer runway will be permitted to take off toward the north on the north-south runway. During evening and nighttime hours, planes will use either the north-south or east-west runways in normal patterns, with runway choice depending upon wind direction & speed and the volume of air traffic.
You can view the entire update here. And click here to see my earlier post on this project and how it’s impacting College Avenue traffic in the next year.
If you’ve driven College Avenue west of Pennsylvania in the past month or so, you’ve seen the odd looping configuration of the road as you approach the north-south runway at Mitchell International.
Well, get used to it … and then get ready for a detour starting next May.
The road project is part of the Mitchell International runway safety area improvement project, a multi-year effort that will bring the safety areas for each of the airport’s two main runways into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
It’s a worthy undertaking.
Thousand-foot extensions will be added to the east-west and north-south runways. The north-south project affects College, and South Milwaukee and 4th District commuters.
Two main improvements are planned.
First, a 640-foot-long tunnel will be constructed on College so that the runway safety area can span the road without interfering with traffic. Second, College will be expanded to four lanes from Pennsylvania to Howell Avenue.
The project includes multiple phases. Here’s the plan:
- The current configuration, in which traffic is being sent on that looping bypass road to allow for construction of the tunnel, will remain into May of 2010.
- From next May to December of next year, College will close completely to allow for the widening and tunnel construction. Traffic will be detoured around the airport.
- From December 2010 until sometime in 2011 — the mailing I received does not specify when — traffic will again be routed on the looping bypass road until the tunnel is completed.
In other words, have an alternate route in mind for the next 18 months or so.
You can learn more about the project here. And click here to learn how the runway projects will impact airport noise levels.
Also, check out this blog post to learn more about the College Avenue bridge at Interstate 94. It’s reopening this weekend.