Barstow St.& Riverfront St. Improvements
February 21, 2020 Update:
This week the contractor was able to make great progress during the first few days of project work. The full traffic control and detour routes were set up right away on Monday, and initial construction activities occurred such as erosion control setup, trench sawcutting, existing traffic signal removal at Banks St. and Barstow St., and temporary lighting setup. The water main installation began in two locations along Barstow St.; between North St. and St. Paul Ave., and between the Fox River and W. Main St. Despite the colder temperatures, the water main installation is moving faster than expected, with the new main being just about complete between St. Paul and North St., and also complete within the Barstow/Riverfront/Corrina intersection, and along Barstow St. right up to W. Main St. The contractor was also able to remove some of the trees along the project that were slated for removal.
Next week the contractor will continue the water main installation and will again be using two separate crews for this work. The first crew will begin the segment along Barstow St. from St. Paul Avenue to the Fox River, and the second crew will begin where they left of this week on Barstow, and will be working from W. Main St. towards South St. This work will be impacting the W. Main St. intersection traffic, please see below for closure/detour information.
With the quick progress the contractor is making, there will be a change to the current project traffic control. Starting Monday February 24th at approximately 12:00 pm (Noon), the W. Main St. and Barstow St. intersection will be closed to all traffic. Additional traffic control devices, and detour route will be utilized for this closure. The detour route will be utilizing Madison St., Clinton St., Wisconsin Ave., and East Ave. This closure is anticipated to last 1.5 to 2 days, and then will be re-opened to traffic once the water main has been installed across the intersection. Once the intersection is re-opened later in the week, the detour routes and traffic control will be put back into the current configuration.
Barstow St. will remain closed to through traffic from W. Main St. to E. St. Paul Ave., and from E. St. Paul Ave. to E. North St. Riverfront St. will also remain open to vehicular access and parking. Please follow the traffic control devices and signs. Through traffic should not enter the work zone and shall utilize an alternate route.
Once the contractor moves their work south of the W. Main St. intersection, there will be lane restrictions along Barstow St. from South St. to W. Main St., but that segment will remain open to through traffic.
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.
As many of you are aware, the City of Waukesha is planning to reconstruct N/NW Barstow Street from Wisconsin Ave. to E. North St. and Riverfront Street from Madison St. to N. Barstow St. in 2020. The project will include installation of new water main, lining of the sanitary sewer main and laterals, storm sewer rehabilitation, roadway reconstruction, traffic signal replacement & rehabilitation, bridge rehabilitation, pedestrian ramp reconstruction, sidewalk replacement and installation of a wider stone paver terrace. Some existing trees within the terrace will be removed as a part of the project and new street trees will be planted.
Construction is anticipated to begin mid to late-February 2020, and will be phased in a manner to mitigate the impact over the entire limits of the project. The 1st Phase of the project will include Barstow Street from W. Main Street to E. North Street, and Riverfront Street from Madison Street to N. Barstow Street. The 1st Phase has an anticipated completion date of June 30, 2020. The 2nd Phase of the project will include Barstow Street from Wisconsin Avenue to W. Main Street, Friedman Alley, and Municipal Parking Lots 2 and 5. The 2nd Phase has an anticipated completion date of September 30, 2020. In preparation and conjunction with the reconstruction project, there will be 3rd party utility work along Barstow St. and Riverfront St. occurring prior to the project start date, and is anticipated to begin early/mid-February. Traffic control devices will be needed for this early utility work, and lane closures along Barstow Street are also anticipated. I will provide updates once exact limits and start dates are known for the early utility work.
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:
Project updates will be placed on the City’s website weekly (or sometimes more frequent) and also will be emailed to the project update email list. If you would like to join the email update list, please send your email address to email@example.com.
Project Contact Information:
City of Waukesha
130 Delafield Street
Waukesha, WI 53188-3646