HUMBOLDT BOULEVARD
 RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT 

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  • OVERVIEW
  • SCHEDULE
  • PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE DESIGNS
  • PROJECT FEATURES
  • COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS
  • YOUR FEEDBACK & COMMENTS
  • CONTACT US

OVERVIEW

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation are planning to reconstruct North Humboldt Boulevard from East North Avenue to East Keefe Avenue (1.5 miles). This segment of Humboldt Boulevard was constructed in 1965 with 8 inches of reinforced concrete on a 3 inch gravel base. The street was resurfaced with asphalt in 1992 and again in 2014 as a temporary measure to improve the pavement condition since the street was showing signs of deterioration in various locations due to the degraded substructure of the pavement. The underlying concrete base has deteriorated joints, severe reflective cracking and failed patched along the entire length of the project. It is no longer cost-effective to continue to maintain this street through rehabilitation (asphalt overlays).

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PROJECT GOALS

  • Reduce motor vehicle speeds
  • Make the street safer for all users, with a focus on pedestrian and bicyclist safety
  • Maintain or enhance existing green space and landscaping
  • Improve operational characteristics and safety of the street by addressing the underlying pavement condition

FUNDING

Estimated cost is $8.6 million dollars

  • 80% federally funded and 20% locally funded
  • Assessments will go out to property owners near the end of the design stage. Assessments to owners will include sidewalk and driveway approach replacement in front of their property. It will be calculated based on the City's share of the final cost. 

FACTS

  • N. Humboldt Blvd is classified as a minor arterial
  • Average Daily Traffic Count: 14,900 motorists per day
  • Posted Speed: 30 MPH
  • N. Humboldt Blvd. currently serves bus route 14, accommodates short lengths of routes 60, 22, and 21, and has a crossing of route 40U. 

 

PROJECT SCHEDULE

We are currently in the final design phase through 2021. Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2022.

 

PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE DESIGNS

You spoke, we listened! With the feedback and input we received from residents and the community, we have developed an alternative design that offers 6-ft protected bike lanes raised at sidewalk level throughout the corridor. The bike lanes are positioned between the parking lane and the sidewalk to provide separation between people biking and moving motor vehicle traffic. Protected bike lanes attract people of all ages and abilities, and will make bicycling on the street safer and more enjoyable. In addition to the 6-ft protected bike lanes, this alternative design offers a 10-ft driving lane and 8-ft parking lane in each direction, narrows the median to 6 feet, and provides 6-ft wide sidewalks while preserving the majority of the existing street trees. Curb bump-outs at various intersections, improved left turn lanes and additional medians are also included. The proposed typical section of this alternative design is below:

Alternative 2



 
The proposed design presented at the 2nd community meeting includes a 10-ft driving lane and 8-ft parking lane in each direction, with 5-ft wide bike lanes on the street. The median width varies throughout the corridor, between 9.5 to 13.5 feet wide. The sidewalk is designed to be 6 feet wide. Majority of the trees along the corridor will be preserved. The proposal presented curb bump-outs at various intersections, improved left turn lanes and additional medians. The proposed typical section of this design is below:

Alternative 1

 

 

 

PROJECT FEATURES


Improved/New Left Turn Lanes

Left turn lanes will be improved or added at the following locations:

  • E. North Avenue (improved-North leg of intersection)
  • E. Center Street (new-South leg of intersection)
  • E. Locust Street (improved-North and South legs of intersection)
  • E. Burleigh Street (new-North and South legs of intersection)
  • E. Keefe Ave (Improved-South leg of intersection)

Additional Medians
Additional medians will be installed between:

  • E. North Ave. to E. Meinecke Ave.
  • E. Center St. to E. Locust St.

Signature Beds
Signature beds are landscaping features that include trees, shrubs, flowers, and possible boulders or other landscaping elements. Signature beds are planned in the following locations: 

  • South of E. Hadley St.
  • South of E. Chambers St.
  • South of E. Keefe Ave.

Curb Extensions
Curb extensions (bump-outs) are being added throughout the corridor for numerous reasons:

  • Increased pedestrian visibility by preventing people from parking too close to crosswalks 
  • Reduced crossing distances and decreased pedestrian exposure to motorists
  • Slower speeds by motorists making turns at intersections and driving along the corridor 
  • Prevents illegal passing on the right in the bike or parking lane.

Traffic Signal Upgrades
All of the signalized intersections will be upgraded to the Federal requirement of a signal face over each lane, and allow for flashing yellow arrows for painted left turn lanes or medians less than six feet. 

Protected Bike Lanes 
The revised alternative design proposes protected bike lanes, raised at sidewalk level throughout the corridor. The bike lanes are positioned between the parking lane and the sidewalk to provide separation between people biking and moving motor vehicle traffic. Protected bike lanes attract people of all ages and abilities, and will make bicycling on the street safer and more enjoyable. 

Drainage Improvements
The existing storm sewer lateral pipes are undersized, and will be replaced with new pipes that meet current design standards. The inlets will also be replaced. 

Lighting Upgrades
New LED street lighting will be installed throughout the project. LED lighting provides  increased visibility for  all users of facility, including pedestrians.

Sidewalk Replacement
Sidewalk will be replaced based on condition, grade change, and to meet ADA requirements. The existing six foot width will be maintained throughout the corridor, contributing to a safe walking environment for pedestrians.

Curb Ramps
The existing curb ramps are not in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. All 54 non-compliant curb ramps will be replaced with 106 ADA compliant curb ramps.

 

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

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. 

Virtual Public Involvement Meeting #3 - September 23, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Register for this meeting at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5280219184558383631. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar from your computer, tablet or smart phone. If you prefer to call in, dial +1 (631) 992-3221 and you will be prompted to enter the access code: 545-839-793.

Public Involvement Meeting #2 - February 26, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The second public involvement meeting was held at Gordon Park Pavilion. 80 people attended the open house to share their thoughts and ideas on the proposed design. Attendees were able to submit comment cards and meet with DPW representatives to ask questions or provide input. 

Public Involvement Meeting #1 - February 27, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The first public involvement meeting was held at Gordon Park Pavilion. Over 40 people attended the open house to learn more about the preliminary design concept. Attendees were able to submit comment cards and meet with DPW representatives to ask questions or proivde input. 


 

 









 

Let us know where you see issues and opportunities for improvement on North Humboldt Boulevard! Do you have any throughts or questions on the preferred alternative design? We would like to receive comments by October 1st. 

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PROJECT CONTACTS

Samuel Medhin, Project Manager
samuel.medhin@milwaukee.gov
414-286-0474

Megan O'Connor, Project Liaison
moconnor@milwaukee.gov
414-708-1433

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