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NORTH PORT WASHINGTON AVENUE BRIDGE OVER CAPITOL DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE-JUNE 2019

Starting June 20th, the closure of the outside lanes of West Capitol Drive will be extended from North Green Bay Avenue to North 2nd Street. A lane of traffic moving in each direction will be maintained on the inside lanes (median side) of West Capitol Drive between these limits.

Other traffic control will remain in its current configuration:
-North Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and North Green Bay Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic at the intersection of West Capitol Drive
-The westbound ramp from North Port Washington Road to West Capitol Drive will be closed to traffic. The other entrance and exit ramps from West Capitol Drive to North Port Washington Avenue will remain open
-North Port Washington Avenue will remain closed to through traffic in both directions
-The ramp from I-43 northbound to eastbound Capitol Drive will remain closed

The contractor will begin to construct the retaining walls and bridge abutments and continue to mill the existing asphalt, remove and replace curb & gutter, adjust manholes, upgrade storm sewer inlets and resurface the outside lanes of Capitol Drive between North Green Bay Avenue and North 2nd Street.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The reconstruction project of North Port Washington Avenue Bridge over West Capitol Drive will consist of removing the existing structurally deficient bridge and replacing it with a new steel girder structure. The bridge will be narrowed from 78 feet to 70 feet, and will continue to have one driving lane, a left turn and bicycle lane in each direction once completed. The bridge will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project. 

In conjunction with the bridge reconstruction project, the bridge ramps and West Capitol Drive from North 2nd Street and North Green Bay Avenue will be milled and resurfaced with asphalt pavement. Sidewalk and pedestrian ramps will also be replaced. 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

The project will be staged to minimize how construction will impact residents, businesses, and the traveling public.

STAGE 1-PORT WASHINGTON BRIDGE DEMOLITION
Work will begin on Friday, May 10th starting at 6:00 p.m. The contractor has been allowed to work overnight during the bridge demolition phase. Any questions relating to the noise variance permit can be directed to the Department of Neighborhood Services: 414-286-3280.

TRAFFIC CONTROL
-North Port Washington Avenue will be closed to through traffic in both directions
-The ramp from I-43 northbound to eastbound Capitol Drive will be closed
-A lane of traffic moving in each direction will be maintained on West Capitol Drive by routing traffic onto the entrance and exit ramps from North Port Washington Avenue

STAGE 2-BRIDGE PIER CONSTRUCTION
Once the bridge demolition is complete on Monday, May 13th, the contractor will begin constructing the bridge pier. This stage is anticipated to last until mid-June. 

TRAFFIC CONTROL
-North Port Washington Avenue will be closed to through traffic in both directions
-The ramp from I-43 northbound to eastbound Capitol Drive will be closed
-A lane of traffic moving in each direction will be maintained on the outside lanes (curbside) of West Capitol Drive
-The entrance and exit ramps from West Capitol Drive to North Port Washington Avenue will be open, with one lane of traffic maintained

Future updates will be provided on the next stages and traffic control changes prior to the completion of Stage 2.

MCTS: Planned detours will begin May 13th. Specific route details can be found on ridemcts.com


PROJECT CONTACTS 
Ben DeBaker Project Leader On-site debakerb@ayresassociates.com 262-844-7777
Lynn Des Jardins Construction Supervisor ldesja@milwaukee.gov 414-708-3885
Megan O'Connor Support for Business Liaison moconnor@milwaukee.gov 414-708-1433

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Start: May 10, 2019
Completion: October 2019
*All work is weather dependent and subject to change

Project Overview

Public Involvement Meeting
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works held a public involvement meeting to receive input and share project details with residents and businesses located in the project area.

August 30, 2017
Atkinson Library
1960 West Atkinson Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.