Monday, December 17, 2012
Reconstruction of the Rawson Interchange is set to begin next year.
The opening of Drexel Avenue and the new interchange with I-94 marked the end of road construction in Oak Creek in 2012. So what's in store for 2013? The lone major road project in Oak Creek will be the reconstruction of the Rawson Interchange. The interchange will be reconstructed into a "tight diamond," meaning ramp connections with the cross street will be brought closer to I-94, according to the state Department of Transportation. Officials say this will allow for better traffic operations between the interchange and 13th and 20th streets. A start date is not yet known. The Rawson Interchange reconstruction is part of the massive North-South freeway project, extending from the airport to the Illinois state line, that's scheduled to …
Friday, December 7, 2012
If you're headed north to see Green Bay take on Detroit Sunday, make sure you allow yourself some extra time for travel.
If you're lucky enough to have tickets to Sunday night's prime-time showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, make sure you allow yourself a little extra time for the trip north because the roads could be treacherous. The National Weather Service says a significant storm that could bring more than 6 inches of snow to north-central and northeast Wisconsin could begin as early as late Saturday night and continue into Sunday night. The weather service says hazardous travel conditions could occur in the Green Bay area as a result of the snowfall, so allow some extra time on your way to Lambeau Field. Forecasters also note, however, that there still a lot of uncertainty about the size and strength of the storm. The good news…
Monday, November 12, 2012
A project that would be completed by the end of 2014 would fill in the gaps on Howell Avenue between College Avenue and Oakwood Road.
Howell Avenue would have sidewalks from College Avenue to Oakwood Road by the end of 2014, if the city's plans come to fruition. Sidewalks are already in place in many areas on Howell Avenue, but a project in conjunction with the state Department of Transportation would fill in the gaps. The DOT will pay for 80 percent of the sidewalk construction, while the city will acquire the necessary right-of-way. The Oak Creek Common Council approved a resolution in which the city will acquire portions of 79 parcels along Howell Avenue.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The state Department of Transportation plans to rehabilitate 13 bridges between the Marquette Interchange and Howard Avenue.
A public meeting will be held Tuesday regarding the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's plans to rehabilitate 13 bridges on Interstate 94 next year. The open house-style meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. at the United Community Center, 1028 S. 9th St., Milwaukee. Residents can learn more about the project, view exhibits, provide comments and talk with staff members representing the DOT. The DOT plans to rehabilitate 13 bridges between the Marquette Interchange and Howard Avenue starting in the spring of 2013, further impacting the commute for residents traveling to and from downtown. The work will include bridge deck overlays or replacements, bridge repair and painting, according to the DOT's website. Plans call for one lane to be…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Residents traveling on I-94 between Oak Creek and downtown Milwaukee will be impacted by the rehabilitation of 13 bridges between the Marquette Interchange and Howard Avenue.
If you frequently use I-94 to commute to and from downtown Milwaukee, you have more construction to look forward to next year. The state Department of Transportation plans to rehabilitate 13 bridges between the Marquette Interchange and Howard Avenue starting in the spring of 2013. The work will include bridge deck overlays or replacements, bridge repair and painting, according to the DOT's website. Plans call for one lane to be closed during the construction. Officials say they wanted to get the bridge work done before the Hoan Bridge and Zoo Interchange projects, as that stretch of I-94 will be used for detours. Work on the north-south I-94 project will also continue next year and include a reconstruction of the Rawson Interchange in Oak…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Crews are focused on installing storm sewer on both ends of the project, which goes from 13th to 27th streets, and have also made progress on the new Drexel Interchange.
The contractor involved in Drexel Avenue reconstruction work is currently focused on installing storm sewer on the east and west ends of the project, City Engineer Mike Simmons said in an update posted on the city's website. Drexel is closed to through traffic between 13th and 27th streets and is not expected to reopen until the end of November. The contractor, Super Western, and the city's on-site construction representative have made controlling traffic and dust a priority so residents living in the area can safely travel through the construction, Simmons said. The state Department of Transportation is making steady progress on the new Drexel Interchange as well, Simmons said. Read more on the city of Oak Creek website. The Drexel Avenue…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A 27th Street committee moved forward on a streetscape plan that Oak Creek officials hope gets the state Department of Transportation to reconsider pushing back reconstruction.
After the state Department of Transportation pushed back a reconstruction of 27th Street two years, the Oak Creek Common Council on Tuesday passed a resolution it hopes will help get the project back on schedule. The resolution comes after a 27th Street committee moved forward on a "streetscape" plan. The plan identifies certain elements, like monument signs, street lighting and trees, that would be installed as part of the reconstruction. The plan comes with a recommendation that reconstruction occur in 2015. That was the original start date until the state announced last month it would push the project to 2017. Doug Seymour, director of community development, said it's possible that adopting the streetscape plan will help get …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Road between College and Rawson avenues will be widened to four lanes, and feature accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians and improved street lighting.
The reconstruction of Pennsylvania Avenue between Rawson and College will begin in earnest June 26. That's when crews will commence construction on expanding that stretch of Pennsylvania to four lanes. Plans also call for accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians and improved street lighting. The road will be closed while construction is ongoing, city Design Engineer Matt Sullivan said. Work is expected to continue through the fall. Over the next week, signage will be put up to inform motorists of the impending work road work, Sullivan added. The road is being widened in part to help alleviate traffic congestion, which can get especially heavy during the rush hour. The state Department of Transportation is paying 80 percent of the …
Friday, June 15, 2012
A portion of the freeway in Oak Creek will be shut down Friday night as crews demolish the bridge. It's part of the work going into the Drexel Interchange construction.
A portion of Interstate 94 in Oak Creek will close Friday night so that crews can take down the Drexel Avenue bridge. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, I-94 northbound will be closed at 27th Street (south of Ryan) and I-94 southbound will close at Rawson Avenue. The closures are expected to be in effect from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday. The bridge is being demolished as part of the Drexel Interchange construction, which has ramped up over the past few weeks. The work is visible to motorists driving through the area, with most of the trees near the bridge now removed. Crews are also expanding Drexel Avenue to four lanes between 13th and 27th streets. The construction is expected to continue through November. …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Northbound Interstate 94 will close in the overnight hours this week, and have reduced lanes during the day, as part of a resurfacing operation.
Get ready for some changes this week as you travel north on Interstate 94 toward downtown. The state Department of Transportation will apply a final asphalt overlay as part of the Mitchell lnterchange reconstruction project. As a result, I-94 west (northbound) from Rawson to the interchange will be closed completely in the overnight hours and have reduced lanes during the day. According to the DOT, I-94 west from Rawson Avenue to the Mitchell Interchange will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. It will close at 8:30 p.m. Friday until 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and again from 9 p.m. Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday. Drivers will also deal with reduced lanes. One lane will be closed Wednesday through Friday, while on Saturday traffic…