Barstow St.& Riverfront St. Improvements

March 27, 2020 Update: (

The contractor this week continued their efforts along Barstow St. and Riverfront St., with the primary focus being on concrete paving and roadway work. The contractor was able to complete paving all of Barstow St. between St. Paul Ave. and North St., completing the pouring of new concrete curb and gutter along Barstow St. from the Fox River to St. Paul Ave., and also poured half of the new roadway pavement in that section as well. In addition to the concrete work, they also completed the storm sewer installation along Riverfront St., and began removing existing pavement and curb and gutter along Riverfront St. The underground subcontractor began the new water main installation along Friedman Alley, and wrapped up minor storm sewer structure repairs around the project. The electrical contractor poured the new bases for the new traffic signal cabinet at Bank St. and continued other minor conduit installation around the project.

Next week the contractor will be pouring concrete pavement along Bank St. on Monday, and then will be pouring the remaining half of the concrete pavement along Barstow St. from the Fox River to St. Paul Ave. on Tuesday next week. In conjunction with the paving operations, the contractor will continue to complete pavement removal along Riverfront St., and will be excavating for the new roadway pavement and also placing aggregate base course after excavation is complete along Riverfront St. Late in the week they will be completing the preparation work for pouring new concrete curb and gutter along Riverfront St. and could ultimately pour new curb and gutter by late in the week. Once the removal and grading work is wrapped up on Riverfront St., the contractor will be jumping back to the section of Barstow St. between St. Paul Ave and North St. to begin excavation and grading of the new sidewalk and brick paver terrace. The underground utility subcontractor will be wrapping up the water main installation in Friedman Alley on Monday, and then will be installing the remaining new storm sewer structures on Barstow St. between South St. and Main St. The electrical subcontractor will continue their work between St. Paul Ave. and North St. once cure time is achieved on the new pavement.


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Traffic Control/Access

Barstow St. remains closed to through traffic from South St. to W. Main St., W. Main St. to E. St. Paul Avenue, and E. St. Paul Avenue to E. North St. The W. Main St./Barstow St. intersection is open to traffic crossing Barstow St. St. Paul Avenue and E. North St. remain open at Barstow St. as well. Riverfront Street is also closed to through traffic and parking (access to alleys and private parking ramp entrances will remain). Access remains restricted to all driveways between St. Paul Ave. and North St. The restriction will remain until cure time is achieved on the new concrete pavement.

The Barstow St./South St./West Broadway intersection is currently in all-red flash operation but is open to traffic access crossing Barstow St. and to the south of the intersection.

Please follow the traffic control devices and signs. With new concrete pavement having been poured around the project, it is critical that traffic does not traverse on the fresh pavement. Through traffic should not enter the work zone and shall utilize an alternate route.

All the dates and times above are subject to change and are weather dependent. I will update the group if anything changes from the above information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the project, please feel free to contact me.

Project Scope: As funded in the 2020 budget, it is planned to reconstruct N/NW Barstow Street from Wisconsin Ave. to E. North Street, and Riverfront Street from Madison St. to N. Barstow St. in 2020. The project will include the installation of new water main, lining of the sanitary sewer main and laterals, storm sewer rehabilitation and adjustments, roadway reconstruction, traffic signal replacement and rehabilitation, bridge rehabilitation, pedestrian ramp reconstruction, sidewalk replacement and installation of a wider streetscaped terrace. Some existing trees within the terrace will be removed as a part of the project and new street trees will be planted. The project is a continuation of the Downtown Waukesha reconstruction program that began in 2014.

Public Information Meeting Documents:

Rendering 1, Rendering 2, Rendering 3, Informational Handout, Staging Overview, Detour Overview

Project Contact Information:

Brandon Schwenn
Project Engineer
City of Waukesha
130 Delafield Street
Waukesha, WI 53188-3646
262-524-3585

bschwenn@waukesha-wi.gov