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EAST WELLS STREET
REPLACEMENT PROJECT

Intersection on Wells Street

  • OVERVIEW
  • CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
  • COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS
  • CONTACT US

OVERVIEW

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation are planning to replace East Wells Street from North Broadway to North Van Buren Street. The initial proposed project limits were from North Broadway to North Prospect Avenue. The reason for the change in project limits is that one of the primary goals of the project is to reduce the roadway width in an effort to create a safer environment and the section from Van Buren to Prospect is already at the minimum width. In additional, changing the project limits will allow the City to reprioritize funds to improve other roadways.

The scope of work includes removing and replacing deteriorated pavement, curb & guttter, driveway approaches and sidewalk. Pedestrian curb ramps will be built to meet ADA compliance, and we will enhance pedestrian and bike accommodations. Drainage structures, street lighting and traffic signals will also be upgraded.

VIEW DESIGN PLANS HERE

GOALS

  • Upgrade pavement conditions
  • Better organize all modes of traffic 
  • Manage driving speeds
  • Improve visibility for all users
  • Make travel safe and comfortable for everyone
FACTS
  • East Wells Street is a connecting highway (STH 32), classified as a minor arterial
  • Average Daily Traffic Count: 2,600-5,200 vehicles
  • Posted speed: 30 mph
  • No existing bus routes
  • Right of Way: 80 ft
  • Roadway Width
    • N. Broadway to N. Van Buren St.: 60 ft
FUNDING

Estimated construction cost is $5.5 to $6.0 million dollars. Approximate Breakdown: 

Preliminary Engineering

  • 75% cost covered by State
  • 25% cost covered by the City

Construction Costs

  • 45% cost covered by the State 
  • 55% cost covered by the City
 

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Beginning the week of June 10, 2024:

  • Southbound Milwaukee Street, from 200 feet south of East Kilbourn Avenue to East Wells Street, is scheduled to close to traffic while crews remove pavement and construct the new roadway. Southbound Milwaukee Street is anticipated to be closed from Monday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 19. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024:

  • The intersection of Wells Street and Milwaukee Street is scheduled to close between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. while crews remove pavement.  


May 30, 2024:

Beginning June 3, 2024

North Broadway, at East Wells Street, is scheduled to close for approximately one week while crews work to remove pavement around the streetcar tracks.


April 25, 2024:

The City of Milwaukee, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), is replacing East Wells Street from North Broadway to North Van Buren Street. The following work is scheduled to take place over the next two weeks.

  • Roadway exvacation, including sidewalk and curb and gutter.
  • Underground maintenance and repairs.


April 8, 2024

The City of Milwaukee, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), is replacing East Wells Street from North Broadway to North Van Buren Street. 

 


April 1, 2024

The City of Milwaukee, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), is beginning the East Wells Street replacement project from North Broadway to North Van Buren Street.

Stage 1 and 2:

Traffic on East Wells Street, the following locations, is scheduled to close while crews reconstruct the roadway. 

  • North Broadway to North Jefferson Street
  • North Jackson Street to North Van Buren Street

Bidirectional traffic will be maintained on North Broadway in every stage. 

Traffic on North Milwaukee Street is expected to experience short term closures for work next to the street car track. 

 

 

COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS 

The City of Milwaukee invites you to attend an important meeting regarding the East Wells Street project. 

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - You may attend anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. 
  • Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building, Room #102


The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works holds public involvement meetings to receive input and share project details with residents and businesses located in the project area. 

Pre-Construction Meeting - Early Spring 2024
Purpose: Outline construction schedule, staging details, and address concerns of expected impacts


Public Involvement Meeting #2 - June 3, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Purpose: Show feasible design options based on initial community feedback
We want you to tell us: How do the proposed designs work for you? Do the proposed designs capture what the community wants? Are we missing anything?

To join on your computer or mobile app (Microsoft teams) - Click here 

If you prefer to call in (audio only): 414-251-0392 and enter access code: 505 434 783#

 


Virtual Public Involvement Meeting #1 – February 9, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The purpose of the 1st public meeting is to introduce the project, and gather community experience to start design options. We want you to tell us: How do you get around your neighborhood and where are you going? What problems do you see and experience, while walking, driving, or riding a bike? What do you like about the current street? What dont you like about it? Where is it difficult or dangerous to cross the street? What do you want to see on Wells Street?

To join on your computer or mobile app - Click here to join the meeting

If you prefer to call in (audio only): 414-251-0392 and enter code 61567128#

 

PROJECT CONTACT

David Tapia, Project Manager
[email protected]
414-286-2453

 

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