N&S Prairie Ave, Sentry Dr & Sunset St Improvements

Project Update: Sept 17, 2021


This project is for the roadway reconstruction and underground utility improvements along N/S Prairie Avenue, Sentry Drive, W. College Avenue, and W. Sunset Drive.  The Contractor is currently working on all three sections of the project; N/S Prairie Avenue, W. College Ave./Sentry Dr., and W. Sunset Drive. 


Work Completed/Continued This week (9/13 – 9/17)

Work Along N/S Prairie Avenue (Philip Dr. to W. St. Paul Avenue)

  • Water main RR tracks and river crossing backfilling and restoration continue
  • Sod installation, Philip Dr. to W. College Ave.
  • New traffic signal pole installation at the College/Prairie intersection


Work Along W. Sunset Drive (Chapman Dr. to Center Rd.)

  • Concrete curb and gutter paving from Chapman Dr. to Center Rd. (skipping driveway gaps at commercial properties)
  • Concrete pavement prep/grading within the median area throughout the project limits, on-going


Work Along Sentry Dr./W. College Avenue

  • Remaining driveway, sidewalk and intersection pouring at Spring City Dr.
  • Sanitary Sewer lining
  • Traffic control switch to move one-way traffic to the new pavement side of the roadway
  • Existing concrete pavement removals starting at Prairie Avenue working west along College Ave.


Planned Work Next Week (9/20 – 9/24)

Work Along N/S Prairie Avenue (Philip Dr. to W. St. Paul Ave.)

  • Water main RR tracks and river crossing site cleanup
  • Traffic signal activation at the St. Paul/Washington and St. Paul/Prairie intersections
  • Temporary traffic signal removals and restoration along W. St. Paul Avenue after signal activation.


Work Along W. Sunset Drive (Chapman Dr. to Center Rd.)

  • Median pavement preparation and grading work (Mon.)
  • Driveway grading/concrete prep work (Mon.)
  • Driveways (half of driveways will be poured at commercial properties to maintain access) and concrete median pouring (Tues.)
  • Median curb and gutter and turn lane pouring, Chapman Dr. to Sentry Dr. (Wed.)
  • Remaining turn lane and median pavement pouring, Chapman Dr. to Center Rd. (Fri.)


Work Along Sentry Dr./W. College Avenue (W. Sunset Dr. to Prairie Ave.)

  • Concrete pavement removals, W. College Ave. working west
  • Excavation and grading for the new concrete pavement and base course placement, 2nd crew, following the pavement removals (Starting Tues.)


Traffic Control/Access

  • N & S Prairie Avenue is open to traffic.
  • There is No Parking along N&S Prairie Avenue from Philip Dr. to Hamilton St.
  • W. College Ave./Sentry Dr. is only open to one-way operation from Prairie Ave. to W. Sunset Dr.  
    • Traffic has been moved to the new pavement side of the roadway.  There will be a que/staging area on the shoulder for the drop-off-center operations Sat. 9/18
  • Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction along W. Sunset Dr. from Chapman Dr. to Center Rd.  (Traffic lanes both on the south side of the roadway)
  • Marshall St. is closed at N. Prairie Avenue for the water main boring work.



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. 



 For additional information on the Great Water Alliance’s on-going work along Sentry Dr. and W. Sunset Drive please follow this link:  http://greatwateralliance.com/in-your-area/waukesha/




Project Contact:


Brandon Schwenn, P.E.
Project Engineer
City of Waukesha – Engineering Division
(262) 524-3585

Prairie Sept 17