Milwaukee Streetcar Construction Progress: West St. Paul Avenue to Open in Both Directions Temporarily
Track construction continues with limited access on N. Broadway, and roadway preparation/lane closures on N. Jackson St.
Milwaukee – City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) officials announce that work on West St. Paul Avenue as part of the Milwaukee Streetcar project will go on hiatus until Fall 2017. All lanes of traffic will be temporarily reopened during Summerfest to accommodate festival traffic, City officials said.
Streetcar construction, which began in early spring on W. St. Paul, continues to progress on schedule with construction crews laying track on additional area streets in various phases.
“We’ve intentionally arranged our project construction schedule to keep as many lanes open as possible in the downtown area during the festival season, with no Third Ward track construction planned until the fall,” Department of Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban said.
“We have temporarily halted track work on W. St. Paul Ave. and reopened all lanes in both directions to traffic during Summerfest,” Korban said. “Motorists should feel free to drive in the lanes with the new streetcar tracks – our system is designed for cars and streetcars to share traffic lanes.”
Other construction activities along the route include:
- Track construction with lane closures is underway on N. Broadway between E. Clybourn and E. Kilbourn avenues. Traffic is reduced to a single southbound vehicle lane, and some intersections may be closed. Pedestrian access will be maintained on N. Broadway. Northbound motorists should use other nearby roads such as N. Milwaukee, N. Jefferson or N. Water streets.
- Crews have also begun track work on N. Jackson Street between E. Kilbourn and E. Ogden avenues, which is currently reduced to a single lane northbound.
- Some utility work is underway on E. Ogden Ave. and N. Milwaukee St., but a lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained.
“Motorists driving through the city should be aware that N. Broadway and N. Jackson currently have the most construction activity underway right now, and should plan their travels accordingly,” Korban said.
The construction team has been working closely with Summerfest to coordinate access to and from the festival through work zones. Festival-goers should PLAN a little extra travel time and visit the Summerfest website in advance for parking information, suggested travel routes, and public transit options: summerfest.com/getting-here/
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