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Project Summary

South 1st Street Update 1

In April of 2010, the City of Milwaukee in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation began work on the reconstruction of South First Street from West Lincoln Avenue to South Kinnickinnic Avenue. Work includes the removal of existing pavement and installation of new concrete roadway, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. The project is funded largely with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. When completed, each side of First Street will include a parking lane, a new bike lane, and a traffic lane. The first phase of the work has taken place on the west side of First Street with two-way traffic retained on the east side. Construction crews are nearing completion on the first phase and hope to begin the second phase the week of July 19th by opening the new west lanes to two-way through-traffic and shifting construction to the east lanes. All work is scheduled for completion mid to late-October 2010.

The City has assigned a community liaison to this project. Working in conjunction with DPW staff, the liaison will meet with neighborhood organizations and businesses, provide construction updates, provide information about available city programs, and advocate on behalf of project stakeholders with the DPW. Contact her with general project questions or to be added to the email list to receive project updates electronically.

Community Liaison
Kris Martinsek
Martinsek & Associates

Steve Graetz is the Resident Engineer on the project. Steve is on the construction site everyday and his job is to oversee the contractors’ work and ensure that the concerns of the public and businesses are being addressed. If you have a residence or business within the project and have immediate, specific concerns about construction work, if you need to make special arrangements for deliveries, or have other access or special needs, contact Steve.

Resident Engineer
Steve Graetz
Community Engineering and Building Services

How to stay informed

If you have a residence or business within the project and want to stay informed as the project proceeds, there are several ways to do so.

  • You are invited to attend Bi-weekly stakeholder meetings with the project team. If you want first hand information on the progress of the project, plan to attend the next construction progress meeting, 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, at the Lincoln Warehouse, 2018 South First Street
  • To receive news-updates electronically, send an e-mail or call Kris, your community liaison