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WIS 175 Visioning Study

The City of Milwaukee, in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, explored different long-term visions for the intersection where the Stadium Freeway (WIS 175) terminates at Lisbon Avenue. This intersection serves as an important gateway to the Washington Park, Sherman Park, and Washington Heights neighborhoods, as well as to the Uptown Crossing and Gateway Business Improvement Districts. Despite its importance as a main entry point to Milwaukee's West and Northwest Side neighborhoods, the current intersection is confusing and unpleasant to both motorists and pedestrians, it functions as a barrier between neighborhoods, and a number of commercial properties near the intersection have difficulty attracting and retaining tenants. 

The study considers a variety of design concepts that will improve connections between the neighborhoods, improve safety for both vehicles and pedestrians, maintain traffic flow, and support commercial revitalization efforts along North Avenue and Lisbon Avenue. Although funds have not yet been secured for detailed engineering or construction, this study will also attempt to identify potential future funding sources.



Final Report (November 2017)

Following a final open house and public hearing, the final plan was approved by the Common Council in November of 2017.

Questions or comments about the plan should be directed to Monica Wauck Smith, City of Milwaukee – Department of City Development; 809 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI or via email to [email protected].


Public Meeting #2 (April 25, 2017)

On April 25th, the City held a public meeting to share more detailed images of potential design concepts and to get input on interim uses for the vacant lot between the on and off ramps at Lisbon Avenue.  Please click on the link below to view the presentation.

1. Presentation

2. Survey Results




Public Meeting #1 (November 29, 2016)

The study team developed four preliminary ideas of how the intersection might look and function differently. The purpose of these concepts is to spur discussion and illustrate a range of options for traffic movement, intersection design, pedestrian safety, and local street connections. During Fall 2016, the City had a survey to gather public opinion about what they wanted to see. For more information on the study and to view the materials shown at this meeting, please click on the links below. 

1.  Presentation

2.  Design Concepts

3.  Survey Results





Tree Planting on Vacant Lot

Crews under the direction of the City’s Department of Public Works planted over 70 trees on the lot at 47th Street and Lisbon Avenue on May 30th.  Mayor Barrett, Alderman Stamper, and Alderman Murphy visited the site to talk about both the new trees and the future of the intersection of the Stadium Freeway and Lisbon Avenue.  This is the first step in making this site an asset to the neighborhoods and is in response to what was recommended by residents at the past two public meetings.


The tree planting project is part of a larger Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded to the City from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service that has already planted more than 600 trees on Milwaukee vacant lots.



 809 N. Broadway, 2nd floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202 




Monica Wauck, Senior Planner

(414) 286-5613


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