Milwaukee Street Construction
Whitewater's roads are getting some much needed TLC. Starting in March 2019, the intersection at Milwaukee Street and Newcomb Street will be closed. Construction on this section is estimated to wrap up and the intersection will be open again in July 2019. Starting in August 2019 and going through to November 2019, Milwaukee Street will be closed from just past Newcomb Street to the Bluff Road Roundabout. For more information about the construction and how it may affect you, visit the city's website. Milwaukee Street is open to local traffic throughout construction and the map above shows a non-commercial detour route during the construction process, highlighted in blue.. Printed versions of this map are available at business in the construction area as well as at the Discover Whitewater office at 150 W Main St.
Milwaukee Street, also known as State Highway 59, carries an estimated 7,500 vehicles on a daily basis. Because of this, the concrete surface has deteriorated with excessive joint failure to the point that the concrete surface needs to be repaired. Since the street will already be under construction, now is a great time to replace underground utilities. Approximately 2,300 feet each of sanitary sewer and water main will be replaced alongside the surface repairs. The sanitary sewer was installed in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, so it is in desperate need of an update. The water main was installed in 1944 and will be upsized from 6 and 8 inches to 12 inches to help provide water to other areas of the City and to provide better flow at hydrants. The project will also upgrade the intersection of Newcomb Street and Milwaukee Street by enhancing the turning radius for vehicles, especially semis, turning onto and from Newcomb Street. Additionally, the 4 foot wide sidewalk will also be replaced with 5 foot wide sidewalk and will be extended out to Old Highway P in order to provide better access for pedestrians to the east side of town.
But don't worry- all of your favorite businesses on the east side will remain open and accessible through the construction! These local businesses rely on local patronage during construction and throughout the year. We suggest checking each business' website or Facebook page for more information about accessing their business during this time. Click on the business name below to be taken to their site.