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N. Hawley Road Lane Reconfiguration ("Road Diet") Project

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works is developing options to improve pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist safety in the 10th District for N. Hawley Rd. from Michigan St. to Vliet St.

Overall Project Goals:

  • Reduce speeding 
  • Reduce crashes 
  • Improve safety and expand mobility for all users

Scope of the Project:

  • New pavement markings, signs and flexible delinators to clearly communicate the new street configuration,
  • Better organize traffic, and
  • Provide seperation for people walking and biking from people driving.

 

Public Involvement

Alderman Michael J. Murphy held a public meeting at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Wisconsin Humane Society with 50 community members attending. The Department of Public Works (DPW) Multimodal Transportation Manager, Mike Amsden, presented on the project's goals, existing and proposed conditions, and anticipated benefits for people using the street. Other staff from DPW's Traffic and Multimodal units were also in attendance.

See the first full public meeting presentation here (6/26/18). 

See the second full public meeting presentation here (8/21/18).

Why is this being done?

From 2013 to 2017, there were 122 crashes on Hawley Rd., resulting in 40 injury crashes and 57 injuries, which included 4 people walking and 4 people biking being struck.

According to recent traffic counts, Hawley Rd. carries 14,600 vehicles per day, and nearly 90% of drivers are speeding. Of people observed driving on the corridor, 8% are driving over 40 miles per hour, with the fastest observed speed clocked at 63 miles per hour.

Hawley Rd. is a key north-south connection between neighborhoods, the Hank Aaron State Trail, and nearby parks, but the speed of traffic and lack of separation creates an uncomfortable environment for people walking and biking. 


 

N. Hawley Rd. Existing & Proposed Conditions

This project is divided into three distinct segments along N. Hawley Road: 

  • South of the Viaduct: Michigan St. to Valley Forge Dr.
  • Viaduct over State St.
  • North of the Viaduct: Notre Dame Ct. to Vliet St.

South of the Viaduct: Michigan St. to Valley Forge Dr.

This section of Hawley Rd. currently has two vehicle travel lanes in each direction, with no dedicated turn lanes.

Proposed Conditions

  • 4->3 reconfiguration
  • New turn lanes
  • Potential increase in parking
  • Level of Service C (stable flow at or near free flow) during peak hour

Benefits

  • Reduces speeding
  • Exiting and entering Hawley will be easier
  • Improved pedestrian experience

Existing Lane Configuration - N. Hawley Rd. at W. Wisconsin Ave. 

Illustration of existing Hawley Road Lane Configuration - at W. Wisconsin Ave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Lane Configuration - N. Hawley Rd. at W. Wisconsin Ave.

Illustration of Proposed Hawley Road Lane Configuration at W. Wisconsin Ave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viaduct over State St.

This section of Hawley Rd. has two travel lanes in each direction separated by a narrow median. There are 5' sidewalks on either side of the Viaduct and entrance/exit ramps to State St.

Proposed Conditions 

  • 4->2 reconfiguration
  • Protected bike lanes
  • Green pavement markings at potential conflict points
  • Stop sign at southbound on-ramp

Benefits

  • Reduces speeding
  • Eliminates passing on the right / reckless driving
  • Creates buffer between driving lanes and sidewalks
  • Dedicated space for people bicycling

Existing Lane Configuration: Hawley Rd. Viaduct

Illustration of Existing Hawley Road Lane Configuration near the Viaduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Lane Configuration: Hawley Rd. Viaduct

Illustration of Proposed Hawley Road Lane Configuration near Hawley Viaduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North of the Viaduct: Notre Dame Ct. to Vliet St.

This section of Hawley Rd. has one travel lane in each direction and parking on both sides of the street. Parking is lightly used and, at times, the street operates as having a second travel lane in each direction.

Proposed Conditions

  • Parking consolidated to one side of the street
  • Bike lanes northbound & southbound

Benefits

  • Improved crossing experience for pedestrians
  • Reduced speeds
  • Dedicated space for people bicycling

Existing Lane Configuration: Hawley Rd. at W. McKinley Ave.

Illustration of Hawley Road Lane Configuration - Existing Conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Lane Configuration: Hawley Rd. at W. McKinley Ave.

Illustration of Proposed Hawley Road Lane Configuration at W. McKinley Ave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Click here for more information about road diets (lane reconfigurations)

Click here for more information about seperated (or protected) bicycle lane

 

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Contact Infrastructure Services

Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building 
841 North Broadway, Room 701 
Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-286-CITY (2489)