“Making major streets safer and more inviting to pedestrians and bicyclists is a major priority for my administration,” Mayor Cavalier Johnson said. “We appreciate our partners in the community, on the Common Council, and at WisDOT as we work to advance these projects and improve safety for all.”
The project includes raised crosswalks on stop-controlled side streets and curb extensions (bump-outs) at intersections. West Walnut Street will be reconstructed from its current four-lane divided roadway to a two-lane divided highway through the majority of the project limits. A protected bike lane, separated from the travel lanes, will also be constructed throughout the majority of the project limits.
The project includes bump-outs at intersections and elimination of parking between N. 24th Street and N. 17th Street, to prevent illegal passing on the right. Bike lanes will remain as currently marked.
The project includes pinned on bump-outs including incorporating these extensions into bus stops. The roadway will be resurfaced and new pavement marking will be placed, including new bike lanes from N. 31st Street to N. 35th Street and refurbished bike lanes for the remainder of the project length.
The west side of North Humboldt Boulevard between E. Locust Street and E. Keefe Avenue along with the Locust Street intersection will be completed. In addition to the signal poles, lighting, and signage, sidewalk on both sides of the roadway will be completed and bump-outs will be added at eight intersections.
“This will be a very busy construction season as these four major projects are among the dozens of traffic calming projects planned citywide. These corridor projects are an example of our customized approach to traffic calming depending on the needs of each neighborhood’s residents and visitors,” Commissioner of Public Works Jerrel Kruschke said.