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Posted on: August 27, 2020

Downtown Investment

construction work being done on Milwaukee Avenue

The Milwaukee Avenue improvement project is well underway.

Phase 1 of the work started in 2019, and Phase 2 began earlier this year.

The project’s goal is to enhance the look and feel of Milwaukee Avenue between Ninth and 13th Avenues, encouraging private investment along the Avenue and the surrounding area by creating an attractive and functional Main Street for the long term.

And you can already see the difference.

The project includes new sidewalks, street lighting, planters, bike racks, trees, traffic signal at 10th, benches, and other decorative features. There will also be the addition of bicycle lanes to create a spur of the Oak Leaf Trail through downtown.

On May 5, 2020, the South Milwaukee Common Council approved a contract with locally based EK Construction LLC for Phase 2 of the project.

This work will include sidewalk removal and concrete replacement between the back of curb and buildings (except curb ramp areas completed in Phase 1). Terrace area concrete and 16-inch paver bands will be installed at new street tree planters. New trees will be purchased and installed with Phase 2, as well as bike lanes and parking stalls.

Streetscaping amenities like planters, benches, and bike racks will be reviewed after Phase 2 is complete and ordered for spring 2021 installation.

For now, work on Phase 1 is complete, which began with installation of new LED lighting, and has also included …

  • Pavement repairs and storm sewer upgrades;
  • Modification of traffic signals at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and 13th Avenue to remove signal heads from banner poles, removal of banner poles and footings, and installation of new pedestal bases and poles;
  • Installation of temporary traffic signals at 10th and Milwaukee, removal of existing traffic signal equipment, installation of a new controller, equipment, conduit, and signal;
  • Removal and replacement of deteriorated curb and gutter as identified, and curb for new curb ramps;
  • Removal and replacement of curb and concrete pavement; and
  • Installation of new curb ramps and pavement marking for new signals, crosswalks, and bike lane.

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