Construction Updates

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Construction update

On Wednesday morning November 19 the on ramp to southbound Highway 45 at Wisconsin Avenue will close forever. At the same time the on ramp to Highway 45 southbound at Watertown Plank Road will reopen.

Around December 6 all the on and off ramps at Highway 100 and I-94 will reopen.

The weekend of December 19 there will be a full shut down of I-94 westbound at 68th street.

November 18-23, 2014


Tuesday (11/18)

  • A lane will be closed during the day Watertown Plank Rd EB/WB from Swan Blvd/Innovation Dr to 86th St for grading, sidewalk, and landscaping work.
  • There will be a full closure noon through 11/19 Swan Blvd/Wisconsin Lutheran College access road for concrete lifting.
  • Lanes will be closed overnight I-94 EB at 76th St for barrier wall move.
  • Lanes will be closed overnight I-94 WB at Mitchell Blvd for barrier wall move.

Wednesday (11/19)

  • The Watertown Plank Rd EB entrance ramp to US 45 SB reopens to traffic by 6am.
  • There will be a permanent full closure by 6am Wisconsin Ave entrance ramp to US 45 SB for interchange reconstruction (will reopen as Bluemound Rd entrance ramp to US 45 SB in late November 2017).
  • A lane will be closed during the day Watertown Plank Rd EB/WB from Swan Blvd/Innovation Dr to 86th St for grading, sidewalk, and landscaping work.

Thursday (11/20)

  • A lane will be closed during the day Watertown Plank Rd EB/WB from Swan Blvd/Innovation Dr to 86th St for grading, sidewalk, and landscaping work.
  • Lanes will be closed overnight I-94 WB at 68th St for traffic switch preparation.

Friday (11/21)

  • A lane will be closed during the day Watertown Plank Rd EB/WB from Swan Blvd/Innovation Dr to 86th St for grading, sidewalk, and landscaping work.
  • Wisconsin Ave EB/WB at 94th St reopens to traffic by 5pm (previously a single lane closure and traffic shift).
  • There will be a full closure overnight I-94 WB at the Zoo Interchange for storm sewer work.
  • The Zoo Int N-W system ramp will be closed overnight for storm sewer work.
  • There will be a full closure overnight I-94 WB from 68th St to the Zoo Interchange for a traffic switch.

Saturday (11/22)

  • A lane will be closed long-term 7am through mid-December 2015 I-94 WB at 68th St for roadway construction.

Sunday (11/23)

  • Only long-term closures will be in effect.

Long-Term Closures

  • There will be a full closure Watertown Plank Rd WB entrance ramp to US 45 SB through 11/15 for interchange construction.
  • There will be a full closure Watertown Plank Rd EB entrance ramp to US 45 SB through 11/19 for interchange construction.
  • There will be a traffic shift Wisconsin Ave EB/WB at 94th St through 11/21 for utility work (one lane EB and two lanes WB remain open).
  • There will be a full closure 89th St NB/SB from Watertown Plank Rd to south end of parking structure through 11/30 for pedestrian bridge work. Delivery and emergency access will remain available.
  • A lane will be closed Watertown Plank Rd EB/WB from 87th St to Discovery Pkwy through 11/30 for roadway construction.
  • There will be a full closure Watertown Plank Rd EB entrance ramp to US 45 NB through 11/30 for interchange construction.
  • There will be a full closure US 45 SB exit ramp to Watertown Plank Rd EB through 11/30 for interchange construction.
  • A lane will be closed 68th St entrance ramp to I-94 EB through late November for ramp reconstruction.
  • There will be a full closure HWY 100 NB entrance ramp to I-94 WB through early December 2014 for project construction.
  • A lane will be closed HWY 100 NB/SB over I-94 through early December 2014 for project work.
  • There will be a full closure I-94 WB exit ramp to HWY 100 NB through early December 2014 for project construction.
  • There will be a full closure I-94 WB exit ramp to HWY 100 SB through early December 2014 for project construction.
  • There will be a full closure HWY 100 entrance ramp to I-94 EB through early December 2014 for project construction.
  • There will be a full closure I-94 EB exit ramp to HWY 100 through early December 2014 for project construction.
  • The left-most left turn lane Bluemound Rd WB to HWY 100 SB will be closed through early December 2014 for project construction.
  • There will be a full closure 84th St NB/SB from I-94 to Honey Creek Pkwy through mid-March 2015 for roadway reconstruction.
  • There will be a full closure I-94 WB exit ramp to 84th St through mid-May 2015 for ramp reconstruction.
  • There will be a full closure Bluemound Rd EB/WB from 95th St to 97th St through late May 2015 for roadway reconstruction.
  • There will be a full closure O’Connor St WB from 82nd St to 84th St through early June 2015 for roadway reconstruction.
  • There will be a full closure 84th St entrance ramp to I-94 WB through mid-June 2015 for ramp reconstruction.
  • There will be a permanent full closure US 45 SB exit ramp to Wisconsin Ave for ramp reconstruction (will reopen as US 45 SB exit ramp to Bluemound Rd in late August 2015).
  • There will be a full closure Adler St EB west of 84th St through late Fall 2015 for sanitary and water work (becomes one-way WB only).
  • There will be a full closure Chester St EB/WB from 92nd St to 95th St through late Fall 2015 for roadway construction (local access maintained).
  • A lane will be closed I-94 WB at 68th St 11/22 through mid-December 2015 for roadway construction.
  • There will be a permanent full closure Wisconsin Ave entrance ramp to US 45 NB for interchange reconstruction (will reopen as Bluemound Rd entrance ramp to US 45 NB in late November 2016).
  • There will be a full closure Schlinger Ave EB/WB under I-894/US 45 through Summer 2017 for project construction.
  • There will be a full closure US 45 NB exit ramp to Bluemound Rd through late November 2017 for ramp reconstruction.
  • There will be a permanent full closure 11/19 Wisconsin Ave entrance ramp to US 45 SB for interchange reconstruction (will reopen as Bluemound Rd entrance ramp to US 45 SB in late November 2017).
  • Hank Aaron State Trail will be closed to pedestrians from 94th Pl to Oak Leaf Trail through late 2017 for project construction.

* Note that these closures are weather dependent and subject to change.

For more information on Zoo Interchange closures, visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website.

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