Lane closures around campus during the week of Nov. 11

Nov. 7, 2013 College News - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Nov. 11, 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 Nov. 11.

Campus Alerts:

  • Try one of the new Alternative Transportation Program options!  For more information go to:
  • US45 northbound will see traffic pattern switches at Watertown Plank road over the next few weeks as the Swan Boulevard bridge project continues.
  • OPEN!  Discovery Parkway is now open and provides a good option for travelers arriving/departing via US45 (Use Discovery Pkwy, Swan Blvd and North Ave) or through Wauwatosa.   
  • Children’s Hospital north garage level B entrance is closed long-term during the Ronald McDonald pedestrian bridge construction. Level C remains open. 
  • Ronald McDonald Pedestrian Bridge project is underway.  Be aware of increased noise and vibration from pile driving activities on 89th Street.  This access road will soon have cement barrier blocks install which will further narrow the roadway; please refrain from using it for through traffic.  It remains open for delivery and emergency vehicles. 
  • 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

  • Utility work increases this week which will reduce Watertown Plank Road traffic to one lane of traffic in each direction, 24/7, between 92nd Street and 87th Street.
    • Recommended route: Wisconsin Avenue on the south side of campus offers construction-free access to/from US45.
  • Asphalt paving will occur in the medians throughout the week in preparation for a traffic switch of all lanes of traffic to the south side of Watertown Plank Road in late November.
  • Throughout the week beginning at 9am, Watertown Plank Road eastbound lane closures will occur at US45 for pile driving activities.
  • Watertown Plank Road Park & Ride Lot closed on Nov. 1st; the new Burleigh Street & US45 Park & Ride lot opens.
  • Watertown Plank Rd entrance ramp to US45 northbound is closed now through 2014.

1. Wisconsin Avenue to US45 north;
2. Watertown Plank Rd west to Hwy 100 north to North Ave. onramp to US45;
3. Discovery Parkway to Swan Blvd to North Ave. onramp to US45.

  • Trailblazing signs to US45 are installed at major exit points on campus to help drivers navigate the ramp closures.

From the North:

  • OPEN: Discovery Parkway is now open and provides another option for travelers from the north! North Avenue and Swan Boulevard provide access to US45 or Wauwatosa via the new Discovery Parkway.
  • The Swan Boulevard bridge has been demolished and southbound lanes are detoured at Underwood Parkway.
    • DETOUR: The southbound lanes of Swan Boulevard will be detoured at Underwood Parkway.

From the South:

  • Overnight closures will occur on I894/US45 throughout the week at Cleveland Avenue for bridge work.  The bridge is scheduled to open in mid-November!
  • Wisconsin Avenue between 97th and 98th Streets will close overnight on Tuesday and Thursday for pavement patching work.  The work will not affect access to US45.
  • Watch your lanes! Please be mindful of the traffic signals and lane markings as you exit onto Wisconsin Avenue from US 45 north and at the 92nd Street intersection. Several “near misses” have been reported from inattentive lane changes. Police activity in the area will increase over the next few weeks to help reinforce proper driving behaviors.
  • CLOSURE ALERT: The 84th Street entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound and westbound are closed now through late spring 2014.  The I94 exit ramp onto 84th Street will remain open and accessible for campus travel.
  • DETOURS: I94 eastbound: Use the 68th Street I-94 eastbound entrance ramp; I94 westbound: Take Wisconsin Avenue to the US 45 south entrance ramp.
  • The Hank Aaron State Trail has closed between 94th Street and Underwood Creek Parkway and will remain closed for four years. Oakleaf Trail remains open and will serve as part of the detour.

Travel from the East:

  • The 70th Street entrance ramp to I94 westbound will close overnight Thursday and Friday to build out the new I94 eastbound ramp to 76th Street. 
  • COMPLETED! The City of Wauwatosa’s water main work, that reduced traffic to one lane between Glenview Avenue and Dewey Avenue, is scheduled to wrap up at the end of the week.  

From the West:

  • Throughout the week, there will be overnight lane closures on I94 eastbound and westbound at Hwy 100. This will also close the Zoo Interchange north-to-west and south-to-west ramps as well as the Wisconsin Avenue entrance ramp to US45 SB.  Follow posted detours. 
  • Early in the week, Bluemound Road will have lane reductions during the day west of US45. 
  • Underwood Parkway - just north of Watertown Plank Road – is closed until Nov. 18th when it reopens in its final configuration with access available off the new Swan Boulevard. 
  • LONG-TERM CLOSURE: The I-94 eastbound and westbound exit ramps to Hwy 100 northbound are now closed through 2014.
    DETOUR: From the west: Take Moorland Road to Bluemound Road east; then north on 97th Street to Wisconsin.  Eastbound: Take US45 to Wisconsin Avenue. 

A Look-Ahead:


  • A new I94 eastbound off-ramp to access 76th Street will be constructed.  It will be completed by mid-November and allow the 84th Street off-ramp to close to begin work. 
  • Cleveland Avenue bridge over I894/45 reopens.


  • Swan Boulevard reopens between Watertown Plank Road and Discovery Parkway in its final configuration.
  • Hwy 100 expected to fully open in its final configuration from Watertown Plank Road through Bluemound Road.
  • The Hwy 100 bridge will be demolished over I94; additional ramp closures expected.

January 6, 2014: UPDATE

  • Full closure of Watertown Plank Road under US45, from Innovation Drive to Discovery Parkway;
  • Watertown Plank Road on-ramp to US45 southbound closes;
  • NEW: The US45 northbound off-ramp to Watertown Plank will close.  More details to come.

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