The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation are planning to reconstruct West Walnut Street from North 20th Street to North 12th Street (.6 miles). The scope of work includes removing and replacing deteriorated pavement, curb & gutter, driveway approaches and sidewalk, where necessary. Pedestrian curb ramps will be built to meet ADA compliance. Drainage structures, such as storm sewer inlets and lateral pipes, will be replaced. The traffic signals at 20th St., 17th St., and 12th St., and street lights will be upgraded. Enhancements to pedestrian and bike accommodations, traffic calming measures and storm water management facilities are being considered. Safety improvements are a top priority as the crash rate on Walnut Street is greater than the statewide average on similar roadway types. Two crashes involving pedestrians have occured over the past 5 years.
- Upgrade pavement conditions
- Better organize all modes of traffic
- Manage driving speeds
- Improve visibility for all users
- Make travel safe and comfortable for everyone
Estimated cost is $5.6 million dollars. Approximate breakdown:
- 80% cost covered by Federal aid
- 20% cost covered by the City
- West Walnut Street is classified as a minor arterial
- Average Daily Traffic Count: 13,400 vehicles
- Posted speed: 30 mph
We are currently in the desgin phase through 2022. Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2023.
PROPOSED DESIGN ALTERNATIVES
Currently, West Walnut Street has two driving lanes, parking and a bike lane in each direction, divided by a median. Both alternatives will consider curb-bump outs at intersections throughout the corridor and raised crosswalks on the side streets.
ALTERNATIVE DESIGN OPTION #1
Alternative design option #1 offers a 11-ft driving lane and parking in each direction, with bike lanes raised at the sidewalk level throughout the corridor. The bike lanes will be 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 safer and more enjoyable.
ALTERNATIVE DESIGN OPTION #2
Alternative design option #2 offers a 11-ft driving lane, on-street bike lane and parking lane.
COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS
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 #1 – October 29, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The purpose of the 1st public meeting is to introduce the project, show feasible design options and gather community experience.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 Walnut Street?
Registration to attend the meeting - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/581942228016391948
- If you prefer to call in, dial 1 (646) 558-2116 and enter access code 574-632-068
- Presentation and recording of the meeting will be posted here following the meeting
Public Involvement Meeting #2 - Summer 2021
Purpose: Provide traffic data, and show final design option based on initial community feedback
We want you to tell us: How does the proposed design work for you? Does the proposed design capture what the community wants? Are we missing anything?
Pre-Construction Meeting - Early Spring 2023
Purpose: Outline construction schedule, staging details, and address concerns of expected impacts