Lane closures around campus during the week of Aug. 04

Aug. 04, 2014 College News - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Aug. 04, 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.

This Week’s Travel Alerts:

The following closures are subject to change. For current traffic information, go to www.zoointerchange.wi.gov and click on “Latest Traffic Report” in the Newsroom section.

87th Street- There will be an overnight closure of 87th St. south of Watertown Plank Rd. from 7 p.m. – 6 a.m. on Friday, 8/1 and Wednesday, 8/6. There will also be no northbound access from 87th St. to Watertown Plank Rd. from Friday, 8/1 – Sunday, 8/10.

  • During the closure of the northbound lane of 87th Street, MCW employees will be allowed to turn left (west) onto Watertown Plank Road from the northern most X-70 lot exit. On Friday, Aug. 1, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., a police officer will be present near that exit to help with traffic flow.

Doyne Ave. – During the closure of 87th St. northbound, westbound traffic on Doyne Ave. will only be able to turn right at 92nd St. Drivers can go south on 87th St. from Doyne to access Wisconsin Ave. or US 45. The alternate traffic pattern will continue through Sunday, 8/10.

State Fair Park & Ride Shuttle – During State Fair, shuttle riders should park at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish, 201 N. 76th St. The alternate location will continue through Friday, 8/8.

Watertown Plank Rd. – Traffic is now on the new pavement on the north side of the road.

US 45- The southbound exit ramp to Watertown Plank Road west is now open.

Travel from the North:

  • There will be an overnight closure of the ramp from US 45 South to I-94 West from 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. on Monday, 8/4.
  • There will be an overnight closure of 87th St. south of Watertown Plank Rd. from 7 p.m. – 6 a.m. on Friday, 8/1 and Wednesday, 8/6.

Travel from the South:

  • There will be an overnight closure of the ramp from US 45 North to I-94 East from 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. on Friday, 8/1.
  • There will be an overnight closure of the ramp from US 45 North to I-94 West from 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, 8/3.
  • There will be an overnight closure of the ramp from US 45 North to I-94 West from 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. on Monday, 8/4.
  • There will be an overnight closure of the ramp from US 45 North to I-94 West from 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 8/5.
  • There will be an overnight closure of 87th St. south of Watertown Plank Rd. from 7 p.m. – 6 a.m. on Friday, 8/1 and Wednesday, 8/6.
  • There will be no northbound access from 87th St. to Watertown Plank Rd. from Friday, 8/1 – Sunday, 8/10.

Travel from the East:

  • There will be an overnight closure of I-94 West at the Zoo Interchange from 11:59 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. on Monday, 8/4
  • A lane will be closed on Bluemound Rd. westbound at 97th St. from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, 8/6 – Friday, 8/8.

Travel from the West:

  • There will be an overnight closure of I-94 East at Moorland Rd. from 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, 8/3.

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. 

Look-Ahead:

  • August:
    • One lane will remain open in each direction between 87th Street and Discovery Parkway.
  • September:
    • The pedestrian bridge over Watertown Plank Road that will connect the Ronald McDonald House and the north parking garage will open.
  • October:
    • Watertown Plank Road and US 45 ramps reopen
    • Wisconsin/Bluemound ramps from US 45 close
    • Bluemound Road over US 45 will close for demolition and rebuild
    • 84th Street closes under I-94
    • Core Zoo Interchange construction begins
  • December: I-94 / Hwy 100 interchange reopens

Ongoing Closures:

Watertown Plank Road/US 45 Ramp Closures

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

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

Available Resources:

The latest information on long-term closures of Watertown Plank Road and US 45 ramps is available to you through several sources: 

  • App: A “Travel MRMC” app is available on Android and iPhone devices.  Find your quickest route to campus through construction and traffic congestion. www.MRMCcampus.org/app for more information. 
  • Online: www.BestRouteBestCare.org 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 available.
  • Twitter: Sign up to receive traffic restriction updates @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: Parking restrictions continue to be 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

Route 31 (State – Highland) has 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. Schedules are available on www.RideMCTS.com

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.

Free 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: www.mrmccampus.org/alternate-transportation

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