Friday, January 4, 2013
Closures this week at Watertown Plank Road and south for utility work are percursor to full reconstruction planned to begin in March, DOT says.
If you think you've seen a lot of detours and closings already, get set. You're about to get the first taste of the real deal – six years, or perhaps eight or nine, of the eye-popping Zoo Interchange Reconstruction Project. In preparation for major reconstruction that will begin in March and continue through next summer, a stretch of Mayfair Road will go down to one lane in each direction for part of the coming week, with more lane closures to follow, a Wisconsin Department of Transportation official says. Ryan Luck of the DOT, in an interview Friday morning with Patch's partners at Fox 6 News, said that one lane each way had already been closed and that only one lane in each direction would be open from Monday through Wednesday in the …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Also, N. 95th St. between Blue Mound and Wisconsin will close and become a cul-de-sac, cutting off direct access to northbound 45 ramp.
- Jim Price
Friday, September 28, 2012
Beginning Monday, the U.S. Hwy. 45 northbound exit ramp to Blue Mound Road will close for approximately two weeks, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced. At the same time, North 95th Street between Blue Mound and Wisconsin Avenue will close for construction of a cul-du-sac. The street will be available to local residents and visitors throughout, but with on-street parking restricted. After the cul-du-sac is complete, through motorists will be unable to use 95th Street to travel to Wisconsin Avenue or use the northbound entrance ramp to Hwy. 45 long-term. For access to northbound 45, motorists on Blue Mound are advised to take 97th Street north to Wisconsin and turn east for two blocks to the entrance ramp on the left. During…
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Starting Wednesday, the westbound portion of the airport spur will be closed to traffic. Eastbound (into the airport) will still be open.
From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will fully close the Airport Spur (WIS 119) westbound leaving the Airport for reconstruction beginning at 6 a.m. on February 20, 2012 through late 2012. “Motorists leaving the Airport will be detoured to Howell Avenue, said Ryan Luck, WisDOT construction chief. “The Airport Spur eastbound into the Airport remains open.” Traffic exiting General Mitchell Airport should utilize the following detour route information: From General Mitchell International Airport to I-43/94 NB (to Downtown Milwaukee): From General Mitchell International Airport to I-94 EAST (SB) (to Racine/Kenosha/Chicago): General Mitchell International Airport to I-43/894 WB…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Last week, NTSB announced a proposal for a nationwide cellphone ban, but will the ban make its way into Wisconsin?
After a tragic multi-vehicle accident caused by cellphone distractions in Missouri last year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to ban cell phone usage in cars. Local officials agree that distracted driving of all kinds is increasingly problematic, but they're not sure how enforceable a cell phone ban would be. Barry Weber, chief of police for Wauwatosa, said if he hasn’t noticed more accidents, he has for sure noticed worse driving. “Bad habits and bad driving,” Weber said. Anna Ruzinski, chief of police for Menomonee Falls, said she strongly discourages people from talking on their cellphone while driving and encourages people to pull over if you need to make a call. And United Driving School in Brookfield holds …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The 'digital chevron' system installed will be a first in the state.
Commuters, take note: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will implement a new technology in the Marquette Interchange from the I-94 eastbound ramp to northbound I-43 in starting July 12. The installation will close the right lane on I-94 eastbound between the 13th Street exit and the connector ramp to I-43 northbound from July 12-15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. While travel times may be longer, John Oimoen, manager with WisDOT, said the operation will ultimately improve operations and safety on our transportation network.” He also said “a new dynamic chevron system is a cost-effective way to help motorists stay alert and monitor their speeds in this area.” This system is the first of its kind in Wisconsin and WisDOT said benefits…
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
DOT says June is a bad month for deer and vehicle collisions.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
State transportation officials are urging motorists to be on the lookout for roaming deer when they hit the roads this month. During June, deer are looking for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. As a result, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning, the DOT says. Although motor vehicle collisions with deer peak in the fall, June is one of the worst months for driver and passenger injuries due to vehicle collisions with deer. In four of the last five years, June ranked as the worst or second worst month for motorists injured from deer crashes, said the DOT's Randy Romanski. “Of course, the best way to prevent injuries is to avoid crashes by driving cautiously and …
Monday, May 2, 2011
Soaring gas prices drive more motorists to switch to bikes.
Gov. Scott Walker has designated May as Motorcycle Awareness and Safety Month in Wisconsin. "Motorcyclists have the right by law to the safe enjoyment of their vehicles, including the full and equal use of the roadway without encroachment by other vehicles whether it be on city streets or rural and urban highways," Walker said in his proclomation. Motorcycles are increasingly being used for basic transportation as well as recreation because of soaring gas prices. More than 491,000 Wisconsin residents have motorcycle licenses or permits and more than 333,000 motorcycles are registered in the state, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. "With the 2011 riding season now underway in Wisconsin, motorcycles are rapidly …