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Lane closures around campus during the week of Oct. 21

Oct. 18, 2013 College News - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Oct. 21, 2013. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Additional information about the Zoo interchange project and its impact on MCW and the campus can be found on the College’s Zoo interchange Web page.

Milwaukee Regional Medical Center remains accessible from all directions the week of Oct. 21.

Campus Alerts:

  1. OPEN!  This week, Discovery Parkway is scheduled to open and will provide another option for travelers from the north! North Avenue and Swan Boulevard provide access to US45 or Wauwatosa via the new Discovery Parkway.  
     
  2. CLOSURE: Watertown Plank Road northbound entrance ramp to US45 is now closed through 2014.
    1. DETOUR OPTIONS:
      1. Wisconsin Avenue to US45 north;
      2. Watertown Plank Rd west to Hwy 100 north to North Ave. onramp to US45;
      3. Discovery Parkway to Swan Blvd to North Ave. onramp to US45.
       
  3. CLOSURE: The 84th Street entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound and westbound are now closed through late spring 2014. The I94 exit ramp onto 84th Street will remain open and accessible to campus travel.
  • DETOURS:  
    I94 eastbound: Use the 68th Street I-94 eastbound entrance ramp;
    I94 westbound: Take Wisconsin Avenue to the US 45 south entrance ramp.
  1. Bus Stops: Ongoing utility work on Watertown Plank Road will cause bus stops to temporarily relocate over the next couple of months. Milwaukee County Transit will install royal blue feather flags at the current bus stop locations. Bus stops on 92nd and 87th are not scheduled to move.
     
  2. We Energies gas work: As part of the final stages of the installation of new gas lines, We Energies will be performing a controlled release of small amounts of natural gas for a second time on Oct. 22. This is a safe and normal part of the process. In two locations – Wisconsin Avenue & Robertson Avenue; and Milwaukee County Power Plant at Watertown Plank Road – natural gas odorant may be detected throughout the day. In addition, there will be a loud noise factor associated with it that could occur between 6am-8am. If you have any concerns regarding this or any detection of natural gas odor, please call the We Energies 24 hour hotline at 800-261-5325. We Energy staff will be on site monitoring the process. 
     
  3. The access road to Children’s Corporate Center parking structure and Behavioral Health (Connell Avenue just west of 92nd Street) will have a lane closed between 8:30am – 3:30m on Thursday for utility work. 

Watertown Plank Road access

  • US45 Northbound Access from Watertown Plank Road: Watertown Plank Road northbound entrance ramp to US45 is now closed through 2014.
    • DETOUR OPTIONS:

1. Wisconsin Avenue to US45 north;
2. Watertown Plank Rd west to Hwy 100 north to North Ave. onramp to US45;
3. Discovery Parkway to Swan Blvd to North Ave. onramp to US45.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Trailblazing signs to US45 will be installed at major exit points on campus (i.e. patient parking areas) to help drivers navigate the ramp closures. 

  • Parking Entrance Closure: There will be a long-term closure to the south entrance of the Children’s Hospital north parking structure beginning Wednesday through January 2014 for pedestrian bridge work. Loading dock access for deliveries and emergency access on 89th Street will remain available.
  • Landscape clearing work begins on Thursday on Watertown Plank Road and 89th Street in preparation for the construction of the Ronald McDonald/Children’s Hospital pedestrian bridge. 
  • Due to ongoing utility work, lanes on Watertown Plank Road will be reduced to 1 lane in each direction throughout the day.
    • Recommended route: Wisconsin Avenue on the south side of campus offers construction-free access from US45.

From the North:

  • OPEN: Discovery Parkway is scheduled to open this week and provide another option for travelers from the north! North Avenue and Swan Boulevard provide access to US45 or Wauwatosa via the new Discovery Parkway.
  • The Swan Boulevard bridge has been demolished and southbound lanes are detoured at Underwood Parkway.
    • DETOUR: The southbound lanes of Swan Boulevard will be detoured at Underwood Parkway.

From the South:
CLOSURE ALERT: The 84th Street entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound and westbound will close on Oct. 12th through late spring 2014.  The I94 exit ramp onto 84th Street will remain open and accessible for campus travel.

  • DETOURS: I94 eastbound: Use the 68th Street I-94 eastbound entrance ramp; I94 westbound: Take Wisconsin Avenue to the US 45 south entrance ramp.
  • On Monday and Tuesday, lanes will be closed during the day on 87th Street and Wisconsin Ave for signals work.
  • On Monday, lanes will be closed overnight on US45 northbound from Wisconsin Avenue to Watertown Plank Road for crash cushion and barrier wall installation.
  • On Friday night, lanes will be closed overnight US45 northbound at Watertown Plank Road for asphalt mill and overlay. As a result, the Zoo Interchange west-to-north system ramp will be closed overnight for asphalt mill and overlay.
  • OPEN: Cleveland Avenue eastbound and westbound from National Avenue to Hwy 100 has reopened!

Travel from the East:

  • The City of Wauwatosa’s water main work began on Oct. 2 and will continue through early/mid November. Harwood Avenue between Glenview Avenue and Dewey Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Delays are anticipated.  Please consider an alternative route if traveling through downtown Wauwatosa. 
  • On Wednesday, lanes will be closed overnight I-94 eastbound and westbound between 72nd Street and 88th Street for pavement and joint repairs.

From the West:

  • There are no restrictions in place.

A Look-Ahead:

  • Late October – July 2014: Ronald McDonald House pedestrian bridge project begins. Noise and vibrations will occur with the beginning of pile driving activities. 
  • November:
    • I94 eastbound exit ramp to Hwy 100 northbound will close. 
      Detour: Exit I94 to Moorland Road to Bluemound Road.
    • Watertown Plank Road Park & Ride Lot closes; Burleigh Street & US45 lot opens
    • The Hank Aaron State Trail will close between 94th Street and Underwood Creek Parkway
  • November 4-15th: Underwood Parkway closed just north of Watertown Plank Rd; business access remains available.
  • January 6, 2014: Full closure of Watertown Plank under US45; Watertown Plank Road onramp to US45 southbound closes
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