Lane closures around campus during the week of March 24

March 21, 2014 College News - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of March 24, 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:

US 45 Ramp Closure: On March 30th, the US45 southbound ramp to westbound Watertown Plank Road will close and remain closed through summer.  Access to campus remains available via US45 southbound by using the Wisconsin Avenue exit or the North Avenue exit east to Hwy 100 south. From Hwy 100, take either Watertown Plank Road to the Swan Boulevard/Discovery Parkway connection or to Wisconsin Avenue eastbound.  Employees are encouraged to continue utilizing the Swan Boulevard/Discovery Parkway connection from the north to avoid further congestion on Wisconsin Avenue.

Additional information on the US 45 ramp closure and other projects along Watertown Plank Road (PDF)

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. 
  • Rescheduled: FULL CLOSURE:  92nd Street north of Watertown Plank Road will have a full overnight closure on Friday, March 28th for storm sewer work.  Flaggers will be in place for passage to Ronald McDonald House and MCPP.

Travel from the North:

  • US45 northbound will have double lane closures from the Zoo Interchange to Swan Boulevard overnight on Thursday for pavement marking work.  
  • The Wisconsin Avenue entrance ramp to US45 northbound will have a full overnight closure on Thursday from 9:30pm – 4:30am. 

Travel from the South:

  • LONG TERM CLOSURE: Schlinger Avenue has fully close under I894/US45 and will remain closed through August.
  • On Wednesday and Thursday, Bluemound Road will have east and westbound lane closures during the day between 95th and 97th Street. 
  • On Wednesday and Thursday, Wisconsin Avenue will have east and westbound lane closures overnight between 95th and 97th Street.

Travel from the East:

  • 76th Street will have a short full closure at O’Connor Street on Tuesday morning (5:00am – 5:15am) to mobilize equipment.

Travel from the West:

  • Due to pavement marketing work, the Zoo Interchange east-to-north ramp will be closed overnight on Thursday from 10pm – 4:30am.


  • March 30: US45 southbound exit ramp to Watertown Plank Road will fully close.
  • April 12: There will be a full overnight closure of I94 at 76th Street (10:30pm – 9am) for bridge demolition. The 76th Street exit ramp from I94 will close; 84th Street ramps will reopen.
  • June 6-8: A full weekend closure of I94 east- and westbound at Hwy 100 will occur.
  • 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 will close.
  • Open to Research Park: US45 southbound exit to westbound Watertown Plank Road will remain available until March 30.

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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