Lane closures around campus during the week of Jan. 27

Jan. 24, 2014 College News - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Jan. 27, 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.

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:

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
  • US45 northbound off-ramp to Watertown Plank Road
  • Open to Research Park: US45 southbound exit to westbound Watertown Plank Road will remain available until April 1.

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: NEW! A “Travel MRMC” app is now available on Android and iPhone devices.  Find your quickest route to campus through construction and traffic congestion. 
  • 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: NEW! 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.

Other Campus Restrictions:

Wisconsin Avenue/US45 Ramp closure: Wednesday and Thursday night (9:30pm - 5:30am) there will be a full closure on the Wisconsin Avenue entrance ramp to US 45 northbound, and one lane will be closed on the US 45 northbound exit ramp to Wisconsin Avenue for temporary lighting installation.  (Contingency is 1/30 & 1/31)

87th Street: The utility work at 87th Street and Watertown Plank Road will require flagging operations all week as work in the intersection begins. Please watch for and obey flagging operations. 

92nd Street: Rescheduled to mid-February, a three-week utility project will occur on 92nd Street just north of Connell Avenue.  Traffic will be switched to one side of the roadway and turn lanes may become restricted.  Access to all organizations will be available but delays may occur.

I94 Full Closure Alert:

There will be a full overnight closure of I94 westbound at Hwy 100 on Wednesday, January 29th (10pm – 5am) for a traffic switch.  As a result, the Zoo Interchange south-to-west and north-to-west ramps will also close. 

Travel from the North:

Allow extra time and be prepared for delays on US45 due to the ramp closures and Watertown Plank Road closures. Try accessing campus via North Avenue to Swan Boulevard to Discovery Parkway.

Other specific closures include:

  • See Wisconsin Avenue/US45 ramps closure alert above.

Travel from the South:

Allow extra time and be prepared for delays for travel from US45 northbound to Wisconsin Avenue due to the US45 ramp closures and Watertown Plank Road closures.

Other specific closures include:

  • See Wisconsin Avenue/US45 ramp closure alert above.
  • Underwood Creek Parkway from Washington Street to Ripley Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, Jan. 27 – Sunday, Feb. 2nd.  

Travel from the East:

Allow extra time and be prepared for travel delays from US45 northbound to Wisconsin Avenue due to the US45 ramp closures and Watertown Plank Road closures. From I94 west, try accessing campus via 84th or 68th Streets north to Wisconsin Avenue west.

Other specific closures include:

  • Only long-term closures are in effect

Travel from the West:

Due to the Watertown Plank Road exit ramp closures, please allow extra time for travel to campus.  From I94, try exiting on Moorland Road north to Bluemound Road east to Hwy 100.  Take Hwy 100 north to Watertown Plank Road east to Swan Boulevard and south on Discovery Parkway. 

Other specific closures include:

  • See I94 Full Closure Alert notice above
  • Zoo Interchange north-to-west ramp will be closed Monday night.


  • Early February: Schlinger Avenue will close long-term between 76th Street and 84th Street.
  • March: The 76th Street exit ramp from I94 will close and the 84th Street ramps will reopen.
  • April: US45 southbound exit ramp to Watertown Plank Road will fully close.

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