NORTH LAKE DRIVE
REPLACEMENT PROJECT

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  • OVERVIEW
  • DESIGN PLANS & PARKING STUDY
  • COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS
  • YOUR FEEDBACK & COMMENTS
  • CONTACT US

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and Wisconsin Department of Transportation are planning to reconstruct North Lake Drive from East Newberry Boulevard to East Edgewood Avenue (.85 mile). The scope of work includes removing and replacing deteriorated pavement, curb & gutter, 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.

GOALS

  • Upgrade pavement conditions and traffic signals
  • Better organize all modes of traffic 
  • Manage driving speeds
  • Improve visibility for all users
  • Make travel safe and comfortable for everyone
  • Preserve historic features along the roadway

SCHEDULE

We are currently in the design phase through 2023. Construction is slated for 2024. 

FUNDING

Estimated construction cost is $5 to $6 million dollars. Approximate Breakdown: 

  • Preliminary Engineering
    • 75% cost covered by State
    • 25% cost covered by the City
  • Construction Costs
    • 78% cost covered by the State 
    • 22% cost covered by the City
      (based on parking lanes - costs will be revised with final design)
DESIGN PLANS
  • 30% Design plans
  • 60% Design plans - anticipated to be posted here by Winter 2022 or Early 2023
  • 90% Design plans - anticipated to be posted here by Fall 2023
FACTS
  • North Lake Drive is a connecting highway (STH 32), classified as a principal arterial
  • Average Daily Traffic Count
    • E. Newberry Blvd to E. Kenwood Blvd: 6,100 vehicles
    • E. Kenwood Blvd to E. Edgewood Ave.: 19,000 vehicles
  • Posted speed: 30 mph
  • No existing bus routes
  • Right of Way: 100 ft
  • Roadway Width
    • E. Newberry Blvd to E. Kenwood Blvd: 44 ft
    • E. Kenwood Blvd to E. Hampshire St.: 62 ft
    • E. Hampshire St. to E. Edgewood Ave.: 46 ft

EXISTING CONDITIONS AND PROPOSED DESIGN PLANS

The project engineers presented the following proposed design plans at the 2nd Public Involvement Meetings held April 20-21, 2022. Design alternatives are provided in 3 segments:
 

North Segment: E. Hampshire St. to E. Edgewood Ave.
Existing Section: Roadway width is 46 ft

  • 10-ft travel lane in each direction
  • 5-ft on street bike lane in each direction
  • 8-ft parking lane on each side
  • 6-ft sidewalk on each side
     

Proposed Preferred Section: Roadway width to remain 46 ft

  • 11-ft travel lane in each direction
  • 5-ft on street bike lane in each direction
  • 7-ft parking lane on each side
  • 6-ft sidewalk on each side

Middle Segment: E. Kenwood Blvd. to E. Hampshire St.

Existing Section: Roadway width is 62 ft

  • Two northbound travel lanes (10-ft each)
  • 4-ft wide concrete median
  • One southbound travel lane (10-ft)
  • Two southbound left turn lanes at Lincoln Memorial Drive (10-ft each)
  • 4-ft on street bike lane in each direction
  • 6-ft sidewalk on each side
  • No parking
     

Proposed Preferred Section: Roadway width to remain 62 ft

  • Two southbound turning lanes (10-ft each, with 1-ft gutter pan)
  • 11-ft southbound travel lane
  • 6-ft on street bike lane in each direction
  • 6-ft median
  • 11-ft northbound travel lane with 1-ft gutter pan
  • 6-ft sidewalk on each side

 

South Segment: E. Newberry Blvd. to E. Kenwood Blvd.
Existing Section: Roadway width is 44 ft

  • 10-ft travel lane in each direction
  • 5-ft on-street bike lane in each direction
  • 7-ft parking lane on each side
  • 6-ft sidewalk on west side of the street
     

Design Alternative 1: Roadway width remains 44 ft

  • 10-ft travel lane in each direction
  • 8-ft parking lane on east side
    *parking removed on west side
  • 5-ft on-street bike lane with 3-ft buffer zone in each direction
  • 6-ft sidewalk on west side of the street
     

Design Alternative 2: Roadway width is widen to 48 ft (4-ft on east side)

  • 11-ft travel lane in each direction
  • 5-ft on-street bike lane in each direction
  • 8-ft parking lane on each side
  • 6-ft sidewalk on west side of the street
     

Design Alternative 3: Roadway width is narrowed to 36 ft (Bike lanes behind curb)

  • 10-ft travel lane in each direction
  • 8-ft parking lane on each side
  • 5-ft terrace
  • 6.5-ft separated, off-street bike lane in each direction
  • 6-ft sidewalk on west side of the street     
     

PARKING STUDY

A parking study was conducted on North Lake Drive from East Newberry Boulevard to East Kenwood Boulevard in April 2021. Results of the study:

In the spring of 2022, another parking study will be conducted to capture current parking usage throughout the project limits which will help evaluate design options. Results of the latest parking study will be posted here.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS

Public Involvement Meeting #3 - TBD
Purpose: Show final design plans 

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


Public Involvement Meeting #1

The first public involvement meeting was held virtually on July 15, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The project team provided an overview of the project and schedule, and most importantly, it was an opportunity for the public share their experience, ideas and concerns to help start the design process. It was a great turn out for a virtual meeting, over 40 people participated.

Public Involvement Meeting #2 
The second public involvement meeting was held virtually on April 20, 2022 via Microsoft teams from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and an open house (in-person) meeting was held on April 21, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The project team provided an overview of the project and presented roadway design alternatives based on initial community feedback.

Let us know where you see issues and opportunities for improvement on North Lake Drive! Your input will help shape how the road looks and will help identify solutions to make the street safer and more enjoyable for walking, bicycling, and driving. 

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PROJECT CONTACTS

Christine Hanna, WisDOT Project Manager
christine.hanna@dot.wi.gov
414-750-1555

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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