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The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are underway with a safety improvement project for the intersection of North 76th Street and West Hampton Avenue, which was constructed in 1954. An average of 45,300 vehicles travel through this intersection every day. Between 2013 and 2017, 114 crashes were reported at or near the intersection. The goal of the project is to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety due to the high frequency of crashes.
This project consists of upgrading signals and making geometric improvements. The north and south medians are being reconstructed to provide a positive offset for left turning vehicles. The median openings on the east and west legs of the intersection will be closed and have standard tapers installed. Pavement markings are being upgraded to include right turn lanes and edge lines. The pedestrian ramps are being upgraded to current ADA standards and the right turn bypass lanes on the southwest and northeast corners are being removed. The project is being staged to keep a minimum of one through lane open in all directions.
The project is on hold for the winter and will resume in Spring 2024 to install traffic signals and complete City communications work.
Estimated cost of the project is $680,000. Federal aid will pay for 90% and the City will cover 10% of the cost.
Construction is underway.
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A traditional Public Information Meeting was not be held due to the potential health risks associated with COVID-19. Surrounding property owners were notified of the project through a mailing with comment forms.