WEST WALNUT STREET
REPLACEMENT PROJECT

  • OVERVIEW

  • SCHEDULE

  • PROPOSED FINAL DESIGN

  • COMMUNITY MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS

  • YOUR FEEDBACK & COMMENTS

  • CONTACT US 

OVERVIEW

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation are planning to replace 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. 

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

FUNDING 

Estimated cost is $5.6 million dollars. Approximate breakdown: 

  • 80% cost covered by Federal aid
  • 20% cost covered by the City
FACTS 
  • West Walnut Street is classified as a minor arterial
  • Average Daily Traffic Count: 13,400 vehicles
  • Posted speed: 30 mph
MAP 

SCHEDULE

We are currently in the desgin phase through 2022. Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2023. 

PROPOSED FINAL DESIGN PLAN

Currently, West Walnut Street has two driving lanes, parking and a bike lane in each direction, divided by a median. The final design proposal shows 2 lane divided roadway with off-street bikeways. We developed this design plan using the feedback and input we received from residents and the community from the 1st Public Involvement Meeting held in October 2020 and comments submitted to the project team. Overall, there was public support to narrow the roadway, add traffic calming measures, and in favor of the off-street bike paths. 

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PROJECT FEATURES
Curb bump-outs are being added to 5 intersections:

  • North 19th Street 
  • North 18th Street
  • North 16th Street
  • North 15th Street
  • Northwest corner of North 12th Street

Raised pedestrian crossings will be built on the side streets of 4 intersections:

  • North 19th Street
  • North 18th Street
  • North 16th Street
  • North 15th Street

New Traffic Signals:

  • North 20th Street
  • North 17th Street
  • Modification at Fond Du Lac Avenue
  • North 12th Street

TYPICAL SECTION

1. West Walnut Street from North 20th Street to North 14th Street

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Features:

  • 5 to 7-ft sidewalk on both sides*
  • 9 to 10-ft terrace between sidewalk and bike path on both sides*
  • 6.5-ft off street bike path on both sides
  • 8.5-ft terrace between bike path and curb on both sides
  • 7-ft parking lane on both sides
  • One 11-ft driving lane in each direction
  • 26-ft wide median

*Width varies throughout the segment


2. West Walnut Street from North 14th Street to North 12th Street 

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Features:

  • 5-ft sidewalk on both sides
  • 2 to 11-ft terrace between sidewalk and bike path on both sides*
  • 6.5-ft off street bike path on both sides
  • 4.5-ft terrace between bike path and curb on both sides
  • 11-ft westbound turning lane 
  • 10-ft eastbound turning lane
  • Two 11-ft driving lanes in each direction
  • 22 to 26-ft wide median*

*Width varies throughout the segment

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. 

Public Involvement Meeting #2 - August 17, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Open House Meeting at House of Peace, 1702 West Walnut Street
*Face masks are required


Purpose: Present the preferred final design options 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?

In case you are unable to attend the meeting, an overview and exhibits are below to review:

Pre-Construction Meeting - Early Spring 2023
Purpose: Outline construction schedule, staging details, and address concerns of expected impacts

 


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

 

 

ONLINE COMMENTS 

Thank you for your input and suggestions during the design phase of this project. The public comment period is closed (as of 9/1/2021). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Steven Owen, Project Manager, at sowen@milwaukee.gov or 414-286-8087

 

 

PROJECT CONTACTS

Steve Huberty, Consultant Project Manager, GRAEF
steve.huberty@graef-usa.com
414-266-9090 

Steven Owen, DPW Project Manager
Sowen@milwaukee.gov
414-286-8087

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

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