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We aim to provide construction updates every two weeks throughout the duration of the project. Updates will be posted here and sent to those who have signed up through the project website.
- The contractor has finished removing the structural components on the south side of the West Villard Avenue bridge. This week, crews are forming the new abutment backwalls, adding rebar and cleaning girders. Next week, the contractor plans to pour the concrete for each abutment backwall, install conduit through them and backfill the area. Toward the end of the month/early May, we anticipate the installation of bearing pads and deck work to begin. All work is weather dependent and subject to change. Posted 4/14/21
The rehabilitation project on West Villard Avenue Bridge started on March 22nd with traffic control for stage 1 set in place. During this first stage, eastbound traffic is closed at the bridge and one lane of westbound traffic is open. The contractor has completed the removal of the bridge deck on the south side of the bridge. Over the next two weeks, crews will continue to excavate structural components of the bridge, including the removal of the abutment backwalls. Once completed, the contractor will replace the rebar, and set up forms to pour concrete for the new abutment backwalls. Posted 3/30/21
Start: March 22, 2021
Anticipate Completion: October 2021
All work is weather dependent and subject to change
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will conduct a rehabiliation project on the West Villard Avenue Bridge over Lincoln Creek Parkway, which was constructed in 1955. About 6,400 vehicles travel on this bridge per day.
The project was shelved in 2013 when construction funding was unavailable. It was re-activated in 2019 to continue the final design phase and proceed with construction in 2021. The existing bridge deck will be removed and constructed in stages to keep West Villard Avenue open for one way traffic during construction. Approximately 100 feet of the roadway approach on each side will be reconstructed, and the bridge railings will be replaced as part of this project.
Estimated cost is $2,460,400. The bridge structure and limited portion of the roadway impacted by the construction of the bridge will be funded 80% with Federal aid and 20% by the City of Milwaukee. There are no assessments to property owners.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION
To minimize how construction will impact residents, businesses, and the traveling public, the project will be split into four major stages:
STAGE 1: Construction will take place on the south side of the West Villard Avenue Bridge; eastbound traffic will be closed at the bridge. One lane of westbound traffic will be maintained. The sidewalk on the north side of the bridge will remain open for pedestrians.
STAGE 1A: The entire bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately 7 calendar days. This closure will allow the contractor to pour concrete on the south side of the bridge. Once the concrete deck has cured, the westbound lane will re-open while the contractor continues rehabilitation work on the south side. Pedestrian access will be routed to Lincoln Creek Parkway during this short-term closure.
STAGE 2: Construction will take place on the north side of the West Villard Avenue Bridge; westbound traffic will be closed at the bridge. One lane of eastbound traffic will be maintained. The sidewalk on the south side of the bridge will remain open for pedestrians.
STAGE 2A: The entire bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately 7 calendar days. This closure will allow the contractor to pour concrete on the north side of the bridge. Once the deck has cured, the eastbound lane will re-open while the contractor continues rehabilitation work on the north side. Pedestrian access will be routed to Lincoln Creek Parkway during this short-term closure.
On-street parking will be restricted within the project limits.
This project will affect MCTS bus service on Route 80 (east-west Villard Avenue). Details and updates can be found at www.ridemcts.com.
STAGE 1: Route 80 will continue its regular route traveling westbound. The eastbound route will detour via Lincoln Creek Parkway between N. Teutonia Ave. and W. Villard Ave.
STAGE 2: Route 80 will continue its regular route traveling eastbound. The westbound route will detour via Lincoln Creek Parkway between N. Teutonia Ave. and W. Villard Ave.
STAGE 1A & 2A: Passengers can board Route 80 on West Villard Avenue outside the affected area.
Work is allowed Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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 - November 13, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The second public involvement meeting was held at Lincoln Park Blatz Upper Pavilion, 1301 West Hampton Avenue. 7 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 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The first public involvement meeting was held at Silver Spring Elementary School, located at 5131 North Green Bay Avenue.