Lane closures around campus during the week of Dec. 23

Dec. 19, 2013 College News - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Dec. 23, 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 December 23. Try one of the new Alternative Transportation Program options!  Staff shuttles are running to/from State Fair Park & Ride and Burleigh Street Park & Ride. For more information go to:                                                                                                   

***The Shuttle Service will not operate on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1st***

TRAVEL ALERT: On Friday, Dec. 20: There will be a full overnight closure of US45 northbound between Bluemound Road and North Avenue for a traffic switch. The Zoo Interchange east-to-north and west-to-north ramps will be closed, along with the Wisconsin Avenue entrance ramp to US45 northbound. 

Detours include  :  

From the south: US45 to Wisconsin Avenue remains available.

From the north: Traffic will divert at North Avenue.  Take North Avenue to Hwy 100 south to Watertown Plank Road east.  

From the west: Traffic will divert at Moorland Road north to Bluemound Road east to Hwy 100 north to Wisconsin Avenue or Watertown Plank Road.

From the east: Use 84th Street north to Wisconsin Avenue west.  

This closure is dependent on weather. If needed, the closures will be rescheduled to occur on the next favorable day. 


  • Watertown Plank Road/US45 Ramp Closures are Coming–Start Planning Ahead!
    On the evening of January 6th, the following closures will be in effect:
  • Watertown Plank Road under US45, from Innovation Drive to Discovery Parkway will fully close until late 2014. 
  • Watertown Plank Road on-ramp to US45 southbound closes;
  • The US45 northbound off-ramp to Watertown Plank Road will close.
  • Open to Research Park: US45 southbound exit to westbound Watertown Plank Road will remain available until summer 2014.
  • Full map that includes alternate routes (PDF)
  • SWAN OPEN! By noon on Friday, Dec. 20th, Swan Boulevard will reopen and connect from Watertown Plank Road to Discovery Parkway. This will become a vital link for our campus to access areas west of US45 after Watertown Plank Road closures on January 6th.
  • REOPENED! Hwy 100 has fully reopened from Watertown Plank Road through Bluemound Road, including additional through lanes and multiple intersection turn lanes. No more orange barrels! Enjoy the ride. 
  • Wisconsin Avenue Parking Restrictions: The City of Milwaukee has implemented new parking restrictions on Wisconsin Avenue between 92nd Street and 87th Street to assist with traffic flow.  Parking will no longer be allowed between 6:00-8:30am and 3:30 – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday. 
  • 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 as indicators of the current bus stop locations.

Watertown Plank Road Access:

  • Ronald McDonald Pedestrian Bridge project.  Be aware of increased noise and vibration from pile driving activities on 89th Street. This access road has only one lane available, now with cement barrier blocks installed for safety, which further narrow the roadway. Please refrain from using it for through traffic.  It remains open for delivery and emergency vehicles.

Travel from the North:

  • Due to the holidays, only long-term closures remain in effect.

Travel from the South:

  • Monday, Thursday & Friday, Hwy 100 southbound over I94 will have a lane closed overnight. 

Travel from the East:

  • Due to the holidays, only long-term closures remain in effect.

Travel from the West:

  • I94 eastbound at Hwy 100 will have double lane closures overnight Thursday and Friday.

A Look-Ahead:

Late December/early January: 

  • New adaptive signals will be operational near MRMC campus, along Hwy 100 and the Greenfield Avenue corridor.
  • Lane restrictions anticipated on 92nd Street at Connell Avenue for 10-day utility work project.

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