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Rapid Implementation Improvements

The City of Milwaukee's “rapid implementation” initiative will build quick, low-cost street improvements to increase the safety and comfort of people walking, biking, and driving. These projects use materials like paint, flexible posts, planters, and other moveable barriers to create street improvements like curb extensions, plazas, and pedestrian islands. These projects are also relatively easy to adjust and can be used to test out new ideas before more permanent concrete changes are constructed.

Rapid Implementation Initiative Example from Jersey City

Pilot Initiatives

The City is working with the Near West Side Business Improvement District and Crisol Corridor Business Improvement District in 2020 to pilot rapid implementation curb extensions along portions of N. 27th St. and S. 13th St. respectively. The BIDs are in charge of basic maintenance like sweeping out debris, while the City is responsible for replacing any posts that get knocked down.

N. 27th St. Rapid Implementation Initiative

S. 13th St. Rapid Implementation Initiative


If you are part of a Business Improvement District or Neighborhood Improvement District interested in bringing a rapid implementation initiative to your area, please contact for additional information.



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Contact Infrastructure Services

Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building 
841 North Broadway, Room 701 
Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-286-CITY (2489)

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