Lane closures around campus during the week of April 21

April 18, 2014 College News - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of April 21, 2014. 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.

Park & Ride Shuttle Service: Campus shuttles are running to/from State Fair Park & Ride and Burleigh Street Park & Ride throughout the week. For more information go to:

This Week’s Travel Alerts:

76th Street Bridge Closure:  On Friday, April 18, there will be an overnight full freeway closure of I-94 East and West from the Zoo Interchange to 70th Street for the demolition of the 76th Street Bridge over I-94.  The system ramps from I-894 North and US 45 South to I-94 East will also be closed at this time.  The 76th Street exit ramp from I94 closed on April 12 and the 84th Street ramps reopened. ** This closure is weather dependent.

WIS 100 Landscaping:  Expect lane closures along WIS 100 from I-94 to Watertown Plank and on Watertown Plank Road, Innovation, Swan, Bluemound and Wisconsin as crews work to install trees, bushes, flowers, permanent pavement marking, decorative concrete and ornamental signage as part of the WIS 100 project constructed last year.  All work is scheduled to be complete the first week of June.

Access changes at 8700 W. Watertown Plank Road: Work has begun on the construction of a new driveway at 8700 W. Watertown Plank Road.  Access will be switched from the existing driveway to the new drive to the west in the coming days.  Sewer work on 87th Street will require some closures and flagging operations overnight this week.

92nd Street Updates:

  • Reminder: As part of the Zoo Interchange project work, the traffic pattern on 92nd Street will remain in place through summer.
  • Reminder: The bus stop on the west side of 92nd Street has relocated to just south of its former location.  A temporary bus pad and shelter are now in place and pedestrian crosswalk markings and warning signs have been installed across 92nd Street. 

Travel from the North:

  • Use North Avenue or Wisconsin to access MRMC.  All ramps at Watertown Plank Road are now closed until fall.

Travel from the South:

  • LONG TERM CLOSURE: Schlinger Avenue has fully closed under I894/US45 and will remain closed through August.

Travel from the East:

  • On Friday, April 18, there will be an overnight full freeway closure of I-94 East and West from the Zoo Interchange to 70th Street for the demolition of the 76th Street Bridge over I-94.  The system ramps from I-894 North and US 45 South to I-94 East will also be closed at this time. 

Travel from the West:

  • On Thursday and Friday nights (4/24 and 4/25) there will be overnight full closures of I-94 East and West at WIS 100 as crews set beams for the WIS 100 Northbound over I-94.


  • A full weekend closure of I94 east- and westbound at Hwy 100 is scheduled to occur in the summer months.  More information on a confirmed date for this closure will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • October:
    • Watertown Plank Road and US45 ramps reopen
    • Wisconsin/Bluemound ramps from US45 close
    • Bluemound Road over US45 will close for demolition and rebuild
    • 84th Street closes under I94
    • Core Zoo Interchange construction begins
  • December: I94 / Hwy 100 interchange reopens

Ongoing Closures:

Watertown Plank Road/US45 Ramp Closures

Reminder: the following long-term road closures are in effect until late fall:

  • Watertown Plank Road under US45, from Innovation Drive to Discovery Parkway. 
  • Watertown Plank Road on-ramp to US45 southbound closes;
  • The US45 northbound off-ramp to Watertown Plank Road
  • The US 45 southbound off-ramp to Watertown Plan Road.

Available Resources:

The latest information on the long-term closures of Watertown Plank Road and US45 ramps is available to you through several sources: 

  • App: A “Travel MRMC” app is now available on Android and iPhone devices.  Find your quickest route to campus through construction and traffic congestion. for more information. 
  • Online: or through your organization’s intranet
  • Email: Check your inbox for the latest construction information from your organization.
  • Printed materials: Milwaukee Regional Medical Center 2014 Route Guide
  • Phone: Call 1-800-ZOO-0003 for the best route information. Live assistance now available 24/7!
  • Twitter: Sign up to receive the most up-to-date information: @TravelMRMC

Alternatives to Wisconsin Avenue Commuting

While Wisconsin Avenue is the most direct route to campus, trying a different route may save you time.  Watertown Plank Road remains open during construction from Discovery Parkway to the east.  The following options are worth a try:

  • Swan Boulevard: Swan Boulevard is open and delay-free. Access to Swan is available from Watertown Plank Road just east of Hwy 100 and from North Avenue. 
  • Discovery Parkway: Discovery Parkway is open and connects Watertown Plank Road (just west of 92nd Street) to Swan Boulevard. From Swan Boulevard, Discovery Parkway flow freely onto Watertown Plank Road eastbound with no traffic signals or stop signs.  Likewise, westbound Watertown Plank Road traffic will flow freely onto northbound Discovery Parkway without traffic signals or stop signs. 
  • Hwy 100: Hwy 100 is fully open between North Avenue and Bluemound Road, including additional through lanes and multiple intersection turn lanes. Take Hwy 100 to Watertown Plank Road east.  Take Swan Boulevard to south Discovery Parkway which free flows onto east Watertown Plank Road.

Wisconsin Avenue Parking Restrictions: New parking restrictions are in effect 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 Route 31 Changes Effective 1/5/2014

Route 31 (State – Highland) has new detours in place along Watertown Plank Road between 92nd Street and Innovation Drive/Swan Boulevard. Look for the blue flags which designate the bus stop location. New schedules are available on

Fare-free Route:

Pedestrians needing to travel on Watertown Plank Road between 92nd Street and Innovation Drive/Swan Boulevard will not be required to pay a fare when boarding a Route 31 bus from 92nd Street or Watertown Plank Road at Innovation Drive/Swan Boulevard. If a transfer is requested the passenger must pay full fare. Please watch for signs in the area.

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